Asda / Sainsbury Merger: MP Wonders About Competition


Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, has stoked the fire around the Asda / Sainsbury merger.

He asked, "How does my hon. Friend believe the Competition and Markets Authority will react to the situation in the middle of Dunstable, where we have an Asda and a Sainsbury’s pretty much next door to each other, and also a Morrisons, a Tesco, an Aldi, a Lidl and an Amazon fulfilment centre in quite close proximity?"

Andrew Griffiths, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) responded, "My hon. Friend is spoilt for choice, I would say, and that is what we want to see. We want a dynamic marketplace with great competition between retailers to provide not only greater choice, but better prices. The CMA will clearly look at that—during the six-month phase 2 investigation, it will draw together all the information in relation to particular villages, towns and cities—and I confirm to my hon. Friend that if there is any concern about choice and competition in Dunstable, the CMA will act on that and, if it has to, it will force the sale of stores to competitors."

The exchange took place in the House of Commons on 30th April 2018.

Have Your Say. Do you think that will improve the price to you, or does it create an unwarranted monopoly?
  • Telegraph - "Competition worries mount for Sainsbury's and Asda merger as data reveals huge overlap of shoppers" LINK
  • Guardian - "Sainsbury’s growth lags behind major rivals as it lines up Asda merger" LINK
  • BBC - "Sainsbury's vows Asda deal will cut prices - BBC News" LINK

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