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The cost of indecision

9 March 2012

The deadline for compliance with new tobacco display rules of 6 April 2012 is fast approaching. The BRC have recently reported that “retailers have been forced to spend an estimated £15.6 million installing new units to keep cigarettes hidden from view even though the Government is still considering the possibility of plain packaging for tobacco products”.

In this tough trading climate any additional costs to retailers could have severe consequences. The Government’s lack of decisiveness over future packing legislation and imposition of potentially unnecessary legislation may have imposed these additional costs on retailers needlessly. A strange approach for a government trying to get the economy back on track.

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