The ACCC has issued the following media releases:

Mergers and acquisitions

ACCC proposes to conditionally reauthorise Virgin and Air New Zealand trans-Tasman alliance

The ACCC has issued a draft decision proposing to grant conditional authorisation for three years for Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand Limited to continue their trans-Tasman alliance.

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ACCC to not oppose the proposed acquisition of Hawker Supa IGA by Woolworths

The ACCC announced it will not oppose the proposed acquisition by Woolworths Limited of the Supa IGA supermarket in Hawker, Australian Capital Territory.

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Market behaviour

ACCC grants interim approval to concrete carrier allocation system

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation to Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd to extend the operation of its cartage allocation system for concrete carriers in Western Australia. An authorisation previously granted in 2008 was due to expire on 30 June 2013. On 19 June 2013, Holcim lodged an application for reauthorisation to continue the operation of their cartage allocation system, and also requested interim authorisation.

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Telecommunications

ACCC commences a review of the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service and fixed line services

The ACCC has commenced declaration inquiries for the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) and six fixed line services. The DTCS is a type of transmission service, often referred to as backhaul. Transmission services are high capacity wholesale services that carry large volumes of voice, data and video traffic. The DTCS is often used by telecommunications companies to carry the combined traffic of separate services across long distances.

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Access

ACCC releases revised airport quality of service monitoring guidelines

The ACCC has issued revised guidelines setting out changes to the way the ACCC monitors service quality at Australia's four largest airports. As an important complement to the ACCC's price monitoring role, checking the quality of service at Australia's four largest airports allows the ACCC to detect any significant movement in quality of service over time and compare the performance of the monitored airports where appropriate.

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Consumer issues

HP to pay $3 million for misleading consumers and retailers

The Federal Court ordered Hewlett-Packard Australia (HP) to pay a $3 million civil pecuniary penalty for making false or misleading representations to customers and retailers regarding consumer guarantee rights. The ACCC instituted proceedings against HP on 16 October 2012. Subsequently, the ACCC and HP came to an agreed settlement on the matter.

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