The Impact of Retail Mergers on Food Prices: Evidence from France


Claire Chambolle, Marie-Laurie Allain, Stephanie Turolla


anti-trust, ex-post merger, food company mergers, food expenditures, food industry concentration, monopolies, pricing strategies, retail sector


CUDARE Working Papers

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Policy Summary

The authors studied the effect food company mergers in France have on food prices both the local and national levels. Their analysis found that food prices at stores not included in the merger (defined as “external” prices) increased after mergers. Consumers shifted their food dollars to spend more at stores included in the merger (food cost less there) and less at “external” stores.

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