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South Africa: Authorities reopen supermarket probe

 |  October 7, 2014

South Africa’s Competition Commission has reportedly decided to reopen an investigation into the nation’s supermarket industry, the watchdog said Tuesday.

The Commission said that followed a new complaint from the South African Property Owners’ Association, the regulator has requested permission to reopen the case to investigate exclusivity agreements between retailers and tenants in the supermarket industry.

The complaint alleges that the exclusive agreements lessen competition, but authorities said they have not yet set up a full-scale investigation. The Commission concluded its probe into similar complaints earlier this year, and found no conclusive evidence that the property deals lead to anticompetitive effects, say reports.

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