French Anti-Trust Authority To Probe Supermarket Purchasing Alliances
France's Autorité de la concurrence (competition authority) has said that it plans to investigate whether several purchasing alliances recently sealed by French and European supermarket retailers threatened competition rules.
The probes cover purchasing alliances between France's Auchan, Casino, Germany's Metro and France's Schiever on the one hand, and one between Carrefour and Systeme U.
The probe on that last alliance was also widened to include the tie-up between Carrefour and Tesco.
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