The Office of Fair Trading has ruled out action against the PubCos on the grounds that their current activities and the tie they impose, doesn't act against consumer interests.. They said it had "not found evidence that supply ties are resulting in competition problems that are having an adverse impact on consumers".
CAMRA, who had raised the complaint expressed disappointment, but will ask the Government to take action following the scathing Business and Enterprise Committee Report. There is more than one way to skin this cat it seems.
While disappointing, this is hardly surprising, given the narrow remit of the OFT, though it could well be argued that the effect on consumers is somewhat more oblique than stated by both CAMRA and the OFT. Reading the report, it seems to me the OFT has been a bit keen to get this one done, dusted and forgotten.
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