The UK’s competition watchdog has announced that, in addition to groceries, its inquiry into Sainsbury’s planned buyout of Asda
will examine the sale of petrol, toys, school uniforms, and small kitchen appliances.
The extent to which fast-growing discount chains Aldi and Lidl act as “close alternatives” to the two traditional grocers will also be considered by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), according to a statement outlining the major issues it is considering in relation to the £10 billion (US$13.2 billion) merger of the UK’s second- and third-largest supermarkets.
Tuesday’s, October 16, “Issues Statement” sets out the key areas the CMA expects to scrutinise, at both a local and national level—including groceries, bought both in-store and online; fuel; and other items such as toys, small electricals, and children’s clothing.
It will assess whether the merger could lead to a worse outcome for shoppers through higher prices, a poorer shopping experience, or reductions in the range or quality of products offered.
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