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Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry Extended

September 30, 2019

Department of Economic Development

30 September 2019

The completion date for the Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry has been extended until 31 October 2019.

The economic development department published notification of the extension in Government Gazette 42730.

The Inquiry got underway in 2015.

The Competition Commission initiated the inquiry to understand the general state of competition in the retail sector.

It focuses on:

• The structure of the industry;
• The renting of retail space in malls; and
• The impact that big retail chains have on competition, jobs and small business development

Provisional findings and preliminary recommendations were published at the end of May 2019.

According to the notice, the Commission decided to extend the completion date in order to finalise its engagement with comments and submissions received on the preliminary report and publish a final report.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 42725, the department also announced the extension of the Market Inquiry into the land-based public transport sector.

The Inquiry, conducted by the Competition Commission, got off the ground on 7 June 2017.

It is designed to understand the general state of competition in the land-based public passenger transport sector.

The Commission holds the view that there are “features or a combination of features in the industry that may prevent, distort or restrict competition, and/or to achieve the purpose of the Competition Act.”

The inquiry was initially expected to be completed by 30 September 2019 but the completion date has been extended to 31 March 2020 to allow for further discussions on proposed recommendations.