Friday 10 April 2015

The CMA investigation of Poundland’s takeover of 99p Stores - a retro, redundant exercise in cut-priced, hyper-competitive British retail?

Over at The Telegraph, Graham Ruddick reports that the Competition and Markets Authority's analysis could result in the closure of 33% of the 99p stores, thereby jeopardising the deal...  He also points out that the UK consumer now has unprecedented multichannel access to choice via discounters, major mults and the Internet.

This makes consumers less vulnerable to abuse by anti-competitor behaviour.

We would simply add that where market information flows freely, competition plays a regulatory function in balancing demand and supply.

In other words, the emergence of price comparison tools, at home and in-store, has helped to create a state of almost perfect competition in the UK, where the role of the CMA is in danger of becoming redundant, unless little £1 sparks of initiative are damped down at birth...

If fact, in the current real world, could the CMA initiative be deemed anti-competitive?

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