Would it be as keen to allow, say, Tesco to ‘save’ one of its rivals? It seems very unlikely but why shouldn’t it? While not as directly linked to people’s finances, supermarkets play an increasingly important role in the economy, so should surely be worth protecting. Obviously independent retailers, wholesalers and suppliers would rally against this with all their might – but given their current influence over the Competition Commission they may be unlikely to prevent it.
So here’s looking forward to a merger of Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco – or, as it will clearly be abbreviated, MOST.