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31 October, 2006

"is there one or two? Well, if you lot can't agree how do you expect me to decide?" So might the imaginary conversation go at the Competition Commission during its investigation into the grocery market. Predictably, the arguments put forward by the hypers et al are very much along the lines of self-interest. Tesco says there's only one. Morrisons agrees (although I'm not quite sure why) while, predictably, Asda and Sainsbury claim there are two. And as for good old M&S's suggestion that you have to consider the type of retailer, well that could lead to a definition of four or five markets!

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?