Business Trade association waives lawsuit against Migros and Coop

Trade association waives lawsuit against Migros and Coop

Because of stricter controls

The trade association threatened Migros and Coop with a lawsuit because they would sell non-essential products. Now the association is pulling back.

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Part of the sales range in the non-food sector at the Migros country center shopping center in Stans NW is closed due to the corona pandemic and has not been released for sale. (Archive picture)KEYSTONE
According to the trade association, Migros is said to have sold unauthorized products.
According to the trade association, Migros is said to have sold unauthorized products.Keystone
The large distributor Coop also receives a reminder letter from the trade association.
The large distributor Coop also receives a reminder letter from the trade association.Keystone
The two major distributors are also said to have sold non-essential goods.
The two major distributors are also said to have sold non-essential goods.Keystone
The traders accuse Migros and Coop of taking advantage of the plight of the specialty shops, which are closed by order of the Federal Council. Coop and Migros reject the allegations. A Coop customer disinfects her hands. (Archive picture)
The traders accuse Migros and Coop of taking advantage of the plight of the specialty shops, which are closed by order of the Federal Council. Coop and Migros reject the allegations. A Coop customer disinfects her hands. (Archive picture)Keystone
The trade band is now relinquishing a lawsuit because there should now be more stringent controls.
The trade band is now relinquishing a lawsuit because there should now be more stringent controls. Keystone
  • The Swiss trade association accused the retailers Migros and Coop of violating federal requirements.
  • Migros and Coop would continue to sell non-vital goods, creating a disadvantage for small retailers and traders.
  • Migros and Coop vehemently rejected the allegations.
  • The trade association threatened a lawsuit for a short time, but is now waiving it.
  • The reason for this is that the federal government wants to carry out stricter product range checks in the future.

The trade association has given its anger away in recent weeks: it threatened to sue Migros and Coop because they would sell non-essential goods and thus violate the requirements of the Federal Council, as 20 minutes reported. According to the trade association, this is a distortion of the competition. As it became known on Tuesday, the association is now waiving a lawsuit against the detail giants.

But why does the director of the trade association Hans-Ulrich Bigler crab back when he claimed that there was enough evidence to file a lawsuit? “The Conference of Economic Directors has made a binding commitment to introduce stricter control measures in the cantons,” Bigler told Blick. Because of this tightening and the timely reaction of the major distributors, no action is being taken. In addition, the matter was heard by the Federal Council.

According to the trade association, the problem lies in the unclear design of the pandemic regulation. In the next few days, they want to deal with it further.

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