Investigators at the office of the director of consumer affairs in Dublin have scrutinised invoices from both retailers after complaints that recent promotions on babyfood sold the goods at below-cost price. The practice is banned in the Irish Republic under the Groceries Order.
A spokesman at the office of consumer affairs director Carmel Foley said both retailers would be prosecuted. The case is likely to be heard at a district court in January. Tesco Ireland and Dunnes declined to comment.
Independent retailers’ lobby group RGDATA welcomed the move. Director general Ailish Forde said: “It is vital groups with such incredible market power are not allowed to abuse it at the expense of consumers, suppliers and retailers.”