UK electronics retailer claims move is a response to "challenging times for customers"

Comet to charge suppliers for shelf space

Reports have emerged that Kesa-owned UK electrical retailer Comet is looking to charge its suppliers for shelf space in its stores.

MarketingWeek reports that the retailer is demanding sums as high as £15,000 from suppliers to get their products into stores across the country.

Speaking to PC Retail’s sister magazine MCV, a spokesperson for Comet would not confirm or deny the claims specifically, but did state: "We can confirm that we are in negotiations with our suppliers. These discussions are commercially sensitive and we will not comment on any of the details.

"In these challenging times our customers are looking for good value and it is our role to negotiate the best possible deals on their behalf."

The news comes not long after the chain reported an £8m loss for the six months ending October – markedly down on the £10m profit seen in the same period a year before.

<i>This story originally appeared on PC Retail’s sister site, MCV.</i>

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