Nielsen to go before tribunal

After an inquiry, the director of investigation and research of the federal Bureau of Competition policy has filed an application to bring Nielsen Marketing Research Canada before the Competition Tribunal.The application alleges Nielsen engaged in anti-competitive acts contrary to the Competition...

After an inquiry, the director of investigation and research of the federal Bureau of Competition policy has filed an application to bring Nielsen Marketing Research Canada before the Competition Tribunal.

The application alleges Nielsen engaged in anti-competitive acts contrary to the Competition Act.

Information Resources lodged a complaint with the bureau last year about Nielsen’s alleged practices involving scanner-based market tracking services.

Information Resources alleges Nielsen obtains contracts with grocery and drugstore retailers giving Nielsen the exclusive right to the retailer’s in-store upc scanner-based sales data.

Nielsen spokesperson Steve Buckley says Information Resources’ allegations are without foundation, and adds the company intends to defend its business reputation.

In a public statement, Hugh Latif, general manager of Markham, Ont.-based Nielsen, said his company has competed in the open market with Information Resources, continues to do so, and welcomes the chance to present the facts to the Competition Tribunal.

Also in a public statement, Peter Daboll, executive vice-president and general manager of Information Resources’ Toronto-based Canadian syndicated information division, said his company is pleased with and fully supports the application filed by George Addy, the director general.

In a brief interview with Strategy, Daboll said he hopes the hearing before the Competition Tribunal will be held as expeditiously as possible.

He said he wants to get Information Resources’ infoScan service up and running as soon as he can.