Feeds

John Lewis suit looms over Dixons PC supply exclusives

Packard Bell and Compaq involved too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

John Lewis may sue rival Dixons over anti-competitive practices in the PC market. The department store chain has taken legal advice from a top QC and is considering either suing Dixons directly or taking the Office of Fair Trading to court. It is upset about Dixons signing exclusive PC supply agreements with vendors Compaq and Packard Bell. John Lewis has even enlisted the help of Nick Palmer, Labour MP for Broxtowe, to raise the issue in the House of Commons tomorrow and ask for the OFT to re-open its inquiry into the fairness of the market. It is also willing to take the OFT to court or seek judicial review if the government refuses to re-open the inquiry - last autumn the OFT ruled the British PC market was competitive. John Lewis feels Dixons' deals with manufacturers will push up prices for consumers. "This is a sophisticated way of sewing up the market. We don't think that consumers are aware that Currys, PC World and Dixons are all the same company. The deals will force everyone else out," a representative for John Lewis told today's Daily Telegraph. Compaq stopped supplying John Lewis with computers before Christmas, and Packard Bell has warned the company that there will be no more PC deliveries after June 30. A spokesman for the OFT said yesterday: "We will have to look into the allegations and then decide whether it is worth opening an inquiry. It is certainly not unprecedented to return to an issue." According to Dixons, it's just a case of sour grapes. "If anything it will bring prices down and expand the market," a representative said. ® Related stories Profits jump at Dixons UK PC retailers don't rip-off customers So are PC retailers responsible for 'Rip Off' Britain?

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.