Supermarkets and shopper dockets
The ACCC has been investigating the competitive effects of shopper dockets since the middle of 2012. At the end of July 2013 Chairman Rod Sims announced that the investigation will be finalised in the latter half of 2013 and expressed the view that the ACCC believes the escalating shopper docket petrol discounts 'is likely to have a negative impact on competition in the petrol industry'.
Coles and Woolworths subsequently provided undertakings to the ACCC in relation to their shopper docket discounts.
In February the ACCC commenced Federal Court action alleging both Coles and Woolworths breached their undertakings. On 14 April 2014 Justice Robertson handed down his judgments; his Honour found that Woolworths, but not Coles, had breached their undertakings. The judgments of Justice Robertson are available from AustLII:
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