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Somerfield hits at stores ruling.

SUPERMARKET chain Somerfield criticised the Competition Commission yesterday for intervening in its takeover of 115 former Safeway stores from Morrisons.

Bristol-based Somerfield said the Commission had 'put the cart before the horse' in its provisional finding that the deal would result in a 'substantial lessening of competition' in 14 areas.

In a submission to the authority, the chain said' Somerfield considers that the CC has merely identified a potential lessening of competition and labelled it significant, presuming that adverse effects will follow. It is submitted that that is legally insufficient
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2005
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