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2011-11-30 15:35:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 5th Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and The United States (ABACCUS) report, a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis of residential, commercial and industrial restructured electricity markets in the U.S. and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, was released today. The report included an analysis showing the average price of electricity is falling in states with successful...

2008-10-04 15:00:17

By PULLAR-STRECKER Tom VODAFONE has backed down over its policy of "Sim-locking" its mobile phones after being warned off the practice by the Commerce Commission and encountering criticism from customers. Its decision to abandon the policy is a victory for consumers, who should soon be able to switch between three mobile networks without having to buy new phones. Vodafone corporate affairs head Tom Chignell said Vodafone would still sell the locked handsets it had already imported,...

2008-10-04 15:00:05

By HOYLE, Jon FOR the second time in a fortnight, the Commerce Commission has announced a draft decision to cut the cost to Telecom and other telecommunications companies of providing basic services to non- commercial rural areas. The commission revised down the cost for the 2005-06 draft of the Telecommunication Service Obligations determination from $78.2 million to $64.6 million. Early this month, it cut the cost for 2004-05 from $71.4 million to $57.3 million. Telecom provides...

2008-10-02 15:00:41

ON the face of it, you might think there had been a fine win by the anti-smoking lobby. The three big tobacco companies at present poisoning New Zealanders have agreed to stop labelling some of their products "light" and "mild" . This after two years of research from the Commerce Commission into a Smokefree Coalition complaint that the terms misled smokers to believe such tobacco was somehow less harmful. Not so as you'd notice on your deathbed, it isn't. The commission's...

2008-09-25 15:00:39

By HARTEVELT, John Cigarette companies will drop "light" and "mild" from their brands after the Commerce Commission ruled they risked misleading smokers. The setback for the tobacco industry comes as Parliament's health select committee is expected today to support a petition to ban tobacco and cigarette displays in shops. However, National's four MPs on the committee are understood to have voted against the display ban, which cannot be made law before the November 8 election. The...

2008-08-14 18:00:44

By RANKIN, Janine Palmerston North stands to lose one of its two private hospitals, with Southern Cross and Aorangi both struggling to make a dollar. While the hospitals wait for Commerce Commission approval to merge, their March application reveals that one of them, probably Southern Cross, will succumb to the heat of competition anyway if the merger isn't allowed. "The city is simply too small to support and sustain two full- service private hospitals," they said. "At least one of...

2008-08-11 15:00:55

By TIFFANY, Martin The organiser of the failed Wings and Wheels Over Waikato air show is refusing to comment on a move by an Auckland print company to put his company into liquidation. Ken Ross said "no comment on this action" when asked by the Times if the application for liquidation of Airshow.co.nz Ltd by PMP Maxum Ltd could spell the end of his plans for an air show. The air show was to have been held in March but was cancelled after it ran into consent and organisational problems...

2008-07-17 15:00:45

By VAN DEN BERGH, Roeland THREE international airlines, including giants Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, are facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to provide information for a price-fixing investigation. The Commerce Commission is filing the charges in Auckland District Court alleging that three airlines, including Aerolineas Argentinas, did not comply with a demand for information and documents relating to their air-freight businesses. The commission is investigating...

2008-07-17 09:00:51

3 foreign airlines face charges over air cargo probe in New Zealand WELLINGTON, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand Commerce Commission has filed criminal charges against three airlines it says failed to co-operate during an investigation into air cargo practices, Radio New Zealand reported on Wednesday. The investigation relates to allegations of price-fixing and other anti-competitive cartel conduct in the cargo industry. The airlines being prosecuted are Cathay Pacific, Singapore...

2008-07-12 15:00:20

By PULLAR-STRECKER Tom VODAFONE corporate affairs manager Tom Chignell has upped the ante in a spat with the Commerce Commission over the price of mobile calls, and has questioned whether the commission is considering investigating mobile-to- mobile termination charges because it is "looking for work to do". Vodafone said in January that consumers were paying less for mobile phone calls in New Zealand than in most OECD countries. The claim was met with scepticism from...