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Editor's Viewpoint: Fuelling a furore

Published 31/01/2013

Northern Ireland's motorists are being ripped off and that is official. The Office of Fair Trading found we pay more for petrol and diesel than motorists in other parts of the UK. Part of the reason is lack of competition but also the way supermarkets operate.

The supermarkets have the bulk buying power to get fuel at lower prices than individual retailers, but they often do not pass on that saving to customers. Where there are two or more supermarkets in direct competition prices will be lowered, but if the supermarkets are in a monopoly position in a town, the cost of fuel will be higher.

That should stop and the shopping giants should give all motorists a fairer deal.

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