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Supermarket giants forced to hand over emails

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco and Asda have been ordered to submit millions of letters and emails, in the latest twist to the Competition Commission investigation.

The commission is trying to establish if supermarkets have too much power and are forcing smaller retailers out of the market.

A spokeswoman for Asda told the BBC: "We adhere to the code of conduct between suppliers and supermarkets.

"During the period which the commission want to see our correspondence, there were about 11 million e-mails to suppliers.

"But we are happy to help and we have got absolutely nothing to hide."

These sentiments were echoed by Tesco, which added that the company is doing "what we can to assist the commission with this enormous data request".