Counting the cost of petrol discounts

The ACCC believes that Coles and Woolworths have breached undertakings on petrol discounts with new “bundled” offers, and the two chains have responded with markedly differing strategies.

The ink had barely dried on the voluntary but enforceable undertakings Coles and Woolworths agreed with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to limit their shopper docket schemes before they were testing the boundaries of the agreement. Given its view of the discount schemes the ACCC really had no option but to take them to court.

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