Supermarket accepts Competition Commission claim
Somerfield has abandoned its objections to a Competition Commission ruling that sine store acquisitions reduced competition in certain areas.

The Competition Commission told the retailer last month that it must sell 12 supermarkets acquired from Morrisons to approved buyers.

Somerfield lodged an appeal but today announced it has accepted the Commission's claims that there has been 'substantial lessening of competition' in 12 locations and withdrawn its appeal.

However, the battle continues, with Somerfield appealing against the forced closure of certain sites, maintaining that it should be allowed to decide which stores close in each area.

The 12 locations are Filey, Johnstone, Kelso, Littlehampton, Middlesbrough (Linthorpe), Newark, Peebles, Pocklington, Poole (Bearwood), South Shields, Whitburn and Yarm.