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In the UK, the Association of Convenience Stores is pushing for the government’s Office Fair Trading (OFT) to launch a new investigation into the supermarket industry there, saying that previous probes have not fully explored the impact of the nation’s major chains on smaller businesses and consumers. The convenience stores charge that the big chains are guilty of both below-cost selling and “price-flexing,” in which deep discounts are used to wreak havoc on small companies that are less able to compete on price.

However, the Times reports that Tesco and other big chains have hired litigation specialists to beat back the c-stores’ appeal, maintaining that they already have been sufficiently investigated.
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