Dixons has been accused of hampering competition in the UK personal computer market, by signing exclusive selling deals with two major PC manufacturers.
Rival vendors John Lewis, Comet and Tempo have, according to several reports, called for a government enquiry into the deals between manufacturers Compaq and Packard Bell and the Dixons Group, which includes PC World and Currys.
John Lewis is believed to have already lost its supply of Compaq PCs, as a result of the deals, and Packard Bell said its supply would end after 30 June.
The rival retailers fear that without an investigation and action by the government, Dixons will force competitors out of the market and therefore raise PC prices even further.
Dixons, which holds around 57 per cent of high-street consumer PC sales, defended the charge in a statement today: "By working with an exclusive distributor it is possible for suppliers to minimise overheads in the UK by using our infrastructure to compete with low prices."
The company referred to a previous Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation last October, which concluded that the UK PC market was fully competitive.
As the director general of fair trading commented at the time, concerns about anti-competitive practices "are unfounded. This market is both dynamic and innovative...there is keen price competition across different types of outlet."
In addition to an investigation, John Lewis has called for the results of this report to be made public.
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