The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to David Jones to continue inviting certain businesses operating within its stores to participate in various promotions.
David Jones allows a number of merchandise and service suppliers to operate businesses within David Jones stores. Such businesses are sometimes known as concessions or licensee businesses.
These 'stores within stores' display and sell only the brand of product promoted and sold by the relevant licensee business, and are operated independently of David Jones.
"The ACCC considers that the arrangements are likely to continue to result in public benefit through enhanced competition and the simplification of David Jones’ promotions," ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.
The ACCC is seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to its draft determination, before making a final decision.
Authorisation enables David Jones to invite licensee businesses to participate in storewide and category wide promotions that may otherwise raise concerns under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.Broadly, the ACCC may grant an authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment.
See: David Jones Limited - Revocation and Substitution - A91398
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