Regulator censures supermarket for leaning on landlords not to let premises to competitors in 23 locations across UK. The competition watchdog has censured Tesco for breaking the law by blocking rivals from opening shops near its stores. On Friday, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said Tesco had prevented competitors opening supermarkets in 23 locations around the country, including five in London. […] Andrea Gomes da Silva, the CMA’s executive director of mergers and markets, said: “It’s unacceptable that Tesco had these unlawful restrictions in place for up to a decade. By making it harder for other supermarkets to open stores next to its branches, shoppers could have lost out.” […] In a letter to the Tesco chief executive, Dave Lewis, Gomes da Silva said she was concerned it had “repeatedly breached” the CMA’s 2010 order which was put in place to stop supermarket chains from benefitting from long exclusivity arrangements and restrictive covenants. […] Tesco said it had worked with the CMA to resolve the matter and the 23 breaches were small in the context of more than 5,300 land deals over the past decade.
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