Big Retailers Can Be Controlled By Enforcing Existing Law

Your story "Clout" (Cover Story, Dec. 21) is an overdue analysis of retailing giants' rule of the marketplace, and a timely memo to the incoming Administration. But it omits one vital issue. There's nary a mention of the Robinson-Patman Act, a law designed to protect smaller merchants, which forbids sellers from giving preferential pricing or support to big retail chains. Yet, using their "clout," retailing's goliaths too often exact precisely such favored treatment from unwilling suppliers.

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