The Competition Commission has confirmed that it will recommend the government introduces its controversial 'competition test' in UK planning law.

The body announced its final decision today following the conclusion of its latest consultation. The news will come as a blow to Tesco, which had initially appealed succesfully against the proposed  test - prompting the commission to return with a revised set of measures.

Commission chairman Peter Freeman, who headed up the body's Groceries Inquiry Group, said: "We expect that the competition test will have the effect we intend by helping to bring in competition where it is lacking and to stop individual retailers consolidating strong positions in local areas to the detriment of consumers.

"We were asked to look at the case again by the Tribunal-and we believe we have shown the test will be effective, beneficial to consumers and proportionate."

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