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Consumer groups sue Trade Competition Commission for approving CP-Tesco merger

Maya Taylor



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Thailand’s Trade Competition Commission has been served with a lawsuit courtesy of the Foundation for Consumers and 37 other consumer groups, as a result of a merger between the conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group and Lotus (formerly Tesco Lotus).

“The Charoen Pokphand Group is a Thai conglomerate based in Bangkok. It is Thailand’s largest private company and one of the world’s largest conglomerates. The company describes itself as having 8 business lines, covering 13 business groups. As of 2020, the group has investments in 21 countries.” – Wikipedia

The decision by the TCC to give the merger the go-ahead has angered consumer organisations. The FFC says the deal will only serve to kill small businesses, handing an 83.97% market share of Thailand’s wholesale and retail sectors to the CP Group. It blasts the TCC for ignoring the 2017 Trade Competition Act, which required it to listen to stakeholders’ views before agreeing to the merger. The act is designed to prevent any single operator from holding more than a 50% market share in any sector.

According to a Nation Thailand report, the FCC has also accused some of those sitting on the sub-committee that approved the merger of having close links with the CP Group, in breach of the Information Act. The organisation says the merger will only serve to encourage other giants in other sectors to try to push similar deals through, leading to the biggest players dominating the market.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Ian Bromley

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Dictatorships & authoritarian regimes like to have as few business enterprises as possible under the pretext that they are easier to control than a myriad of smalll & medium sized enterprises. In reality what is happening is that these giant businesses develop close relationships with what becomes a pliant government. Add to that the use of employment deals for the family of government leaders and you have a truly toxic economy that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    This merger was against consumer interest.

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    CP group have only bought back the supermarket chain it owned in the first place.the company was stretched at the time of the asian financial crisis and tesco were expanding overseas at the time and bought it for a bargain price.
    The boss has always wanted his baby back and paid tesco a very high premium to get it returned.back to square one really.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Ian Bromley, before jumping to conclusions about “close realtionships” between “authoritarian regimes” and “giant businesses” you may want to look a bit closer at the families that own CP Group, such as the Vejjajiva family, as Abhisit Vejjajiva has made his politics and views on the present regime very clear.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Somsee at a market stall will sell vegetables and fruit cheaper and quicker, and is more convenient than supermarkets.
    The advantage of supermarkets is that they have a vast selection, but most supermarkets are hard to go to.

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 9:42 am

    What are you talking about …

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