Supermarkets are sitting ducks for pro-competition regulation

Supermarkets are sitting ducks for pro-competition regulation
The political incentives are aligning to make an example of uncompetitive supermarkets. (Image: Getty)
Cameron Bagrie
Do not underestimate the incentive for the government to go hard on the supermarkets. Other sectors should be paying attention.This is not just because of industry-related issues such as those highlighted by the Commerce Commission’s report into the retail grocery sector. It is also because building inflationary pressures are not likely to be economically or voter-friendly. Levers to contain inflation should be eyed, and moving quickly on supermarkets is one.Obvious targets There are the obvious reasons for action on superm...

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