Tesco to pay Aldi €150,000 in damages over inaccurate price comparisons

Friday 07 December 2012 14.55
Bah-humbug - Tesco to pay €150,000 in damages to Aldi
Bah-humbug - Tesco to pay €150,000 in damages to Aldi

A settlement has been reached between Aldi and Tesco after Aldi sued its supermarket competitor over inaccurate price comparisons.

Tesco agreed to pay Aldi €150,000 in damages and to a number of undertakings regarding in-store price comparisons.

Aldi had alleged that Tesco infringed its trademarks in an in-store campaign that involved inaccurate and unfair comparisons between products sold by the two supermarket chains.

Aldi alleged that Tesco had failed to compare like with like, had not stated the correct sale price of relevant Aldi products and had failed to compare the relevant quantities. 

Aldi had used the example of a bag of mint humbugs. 

It claimed that Tesco had compared prices between the two stores stating the weight of both bags was 250g. Aldi said, in fact, the weight of the Tesco bag was 200g. 

Other examples included wine, meat and bread products.

Tesco has undertaken not to engage in misleading price comparisons or to make comparisons with different weights without carrying out and displaying accurate weight price comparisons.