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  1. February 4, 2014

    Retailers review Scottish pricing ahead of independence vote

    When supermarket bosses last year warned of rising prices in Scotland in the event of a “yes” vote in this year’s...

  2. August 7, 2013

    OFT probes three quick house sale companies

    Three companies that specialise in selling homes quickly, often at fire sale prices, are being investigated by the Office of...

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  1. January 8, 2013

    Irish regulator to head UK watchdog

    Alex Chisholm, chairman of Ireland’s communications regulator, has been appointed as chief executive of the new Competition...

  2. October 5, 2012

    Tabs on the watchdog

    The past 12 months have seen the biggest overhaul in decades of UK competition law and its regulatory architecture. The...

  3. July 17, 2012

    Lord Currie to head new antitrust agency

    Lord Currie of Marylebone, former chairman of the broadcast regulator Ofcom, has been chosen to chair a new, overarching UK...

  4. June 14, 2012

    Maxwell named new head of OFT

    Clive Maxwell, a former UK Treasury official, has been named head of the Office of Fair Trading as the antitrust authority...

  5. May 31, 2012

    Motor insurers face competition probe

    Motor insurers are facing a two-year antitrust investigation after a consumer watchdog warned that their “dysfunctional”...

  6. April 4, 2012

    Private healthcare under regulatory scrutiny

    The market for privately funded healthcare in the UK has been referred to the Competition Commission for further...

  7. February 23, 2012

    Cloud hangs over crime agencies as chiefs step down

    A change of guard is under way in the fight against economic crime in the UK. All three heads of the main agencies charged...

  8. February 23, 2012

    Fingleton to leave OFT at critical time

    The head of the UK’s main antitrust authority will step down at the end of the year, leaving the agency in flux at a key...

  9. February 16, 2012

    OFT threatens UK banks with forced break-up

    UK banks face the threat of forced break-up unless they take significant steps to improve competition and transparency for...

  10. December 8, 2011

    Private health faces competition probe

    A full Competition Commission inquiry into the £5bn private healthcare sector was in prospect yesterday, after the Office of...

  11. December 8, 2011

    UK private healthcare market faces investigation

    The UK’s private healthcare market is set to be the subject of a full-blown competition investigation following concerns...

  12. December 7, 2011

    Survey shows deterrent effect of OFT probes

    For every investigation of price-fixing that the Office of Fair Trading completes, 28 potential cartels are deterred from...

  13. October 21, 2011

    ‘Big Four’ auditors face competition inquiry

    The Competition Commission is to examine the dominant grip of the “Big Four” accounting firms on UK audits of leading...

  14. October 2, 2011

    OFT cracks down on closure of asset deals

    The UK’s antitrust watchdog is making it tougher to execute deals that fall foul of competition rules by pushing companies...

  15. August 16, 2011

    UK building materials sector faces competition probe

    The world’s largest cement makers are preparing for what could be a painful restructuring in the UK after the country’s...

  16. August 2, 2011

    NHS chief saw pay package rise 7 per cent

    The chief executive of the National Health Service saw his pay package rise by about 7 per cent last year, despite a...

  17. June 27, 2011

    Dawn drama shows OFT in new light

    The camera zooms in on two besuited investigators as they march into an office and flash their badges to the receptionist....

  18. June 1, 2011

    OFT to crack down on credit brokers

    Credit brokers should be outlawed from charging consumers an upfront fee for their services, the Office of Fair Trading said...

  19. January 20, 2011

    Banks’ split is not enough, says OFT chief

    The head of Britain’s anti-trust watchdog has given warning that breaking up the UK’s biggest banks would not necessarily...

  20. January 6, 2011

    HK finance watchdog chief in quest for UK post

    Martin Wheatley, outgoing chief of Hong Kong’s financial regulatory body, has emerged as a leading candidate to head...

  21. December 17, 2010

    OFT to blame for airline case collapse

    Mistakes and misjudgments led to the dramatic collapse of the competition watchdog’s price-fixing case against four British...

  22. October 15, 2010

    Reckitt fined £10.2m for market abuse

    Companies whoReckitt Benckiser, the household products group, facing a £10.2m fine and the threat of big damages lawsuits to...

  23. July 9, 2010

    Choice in services ‘not guaranteed’

    The benefits of choice and competition in public services “are by no means guaranteed”, John Fingleton, chief executive of...

  24. June 3, 2010

    Bank chief's salary tops £300,000

    Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, is paid more than any of the top officials whose salaries were revealed by...

  25. Westminster Blog

    May 31, 2010

    Who are Britain's most highly-paid civil servants?

    The government today (Tuesday) releases a list of the 172 civil servants who earn more than £150,000 a year. Some of it is...

  26. February 2, 2010

    Scams affect one in ten people in the UK

    More than 4 million British adults, or one in eleven, has responded to a scam at some point in their life with a third of...

  27. January 5, 2010

    Airline world eyes fighting Irish

    The Office of Fair Trading boss John Fingleton might be preparing for a tussle with Ryanair's Michael O'Leary over credit...

  28. January 5, 2010

    Ryanair snaps back at OFT watchdog over 'drip pricing'

    A £5 fee imposed by Ryanair on many internet flight bookings has sparked a dispute with Britain's consumer protection chief,...

  29. January 4, 2010

    Ryanair rebuffs fee criticism

    A £5 ($8) fee imposed by Ryanair on many internet flight bookings has sparked a dispute with Britain’s consumer protection...

  30. December 23, 2009

    Banks face accounts pressure

    Banks are under pressure to launch new current accounts with low or no penalty charges, even though the Office of Fair...

  31. December 22, 2009

    Banks face more pressure on account charges

    Banks are being pressed into launching new current accounts with low or no penalty charges, even though the Office of Fair...

  32. December 22, 2009

    OFT drops probe into bank charges

    The Office of Fair Trading has dropped an investigation into the fairness of unauthorised overdraft fees for personal...

  33. September 8, 2009

    OFT warns on impact of crisis measures

    Attempts to combat problems such as food supply shortages and energy insecurity will harm consumers if government and...

  34. September 8, 2009

    Competition watchdog warns on intervention

    Attempts to combat problems such as food supply shortages and energy insecurity will harm consumers if government and...

  35. August 20, 2009

    Bus and depot sales likely after OFT ruling

    Some of Britain’s largest bus companies could be forced to sell buses or depots after the Office of Fair Trading ruled that...

  36. July 16, 2009

    Champagne and stick approach

    Office of Fair Trading chairman Philip Collins is poised to add to his reputation as a scourge of company directors. Plans...

  37. FT Alphaville

    April 7, 2009

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Tuesday’s FT, A chance for bankers to refocus their talents The FT’s Gillian Tett...

  38. April 7, 2009

    Fingleton cautions on banks' power

    Rescue takeovers of troubled banks will further harm recession-hit customers if regulators fail to limit the threat of...

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