Retailers fight back

Retailers are coming under more pressure to justify their prices after another bad week for the industry with the growing divide between shopping in the Republic and the North being highlighted.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
31st January, 2009

First came the revelation that two British supermarkets, Sainsburys and Asda, had taken a 2.5 per cent share of the grocery market in the Republic, despite neither having an outlet here.

Mary Coughlan, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, called on retailers to explain why such high prices differentials continued to exist. These differentials are as much as 51 per cent, according to supplier prices divulged by retailers to The Sunday Business Post.

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