Retailer power: Recent developments and policy implications

Dobson, Paul ORCID: and Waterson, Michael (1999) Retailer power: Recent developments and policy implications. Economic Policy, 14 (18). pp. 135-164. ISSN 0266-4658

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It is common, but incorrect, to view retailing as a highly competitive activity. Unlike manufacturing, retailing has displayed a trend towards much higher concentration, reinforced by actions of retailers themselves, such as emphasis on own‐label brands. This may introduce distortions arising from exercise of market power or may create countervailing power to that already enjoyed by manufacturers. Acknowledging increased market power within retailing raises new issues for competition authorities. We develop a consistent framework of analysis and use it to examine two issues: attitudes to retail mergers and exclusivity arrangements between retailers and their suppliers.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Responsible Business Regulation Group
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Depositing User: Amanda Holland
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2011 12:07
Last Modified: 05 May 2024 00:52
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0327.00046

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