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NFRN Tells NI to Stick to Publishing

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Published by: Anne Bingham | Published Date: 31st August 2012

Outrage after Unacceptable Carriage Charge Increase

Despite having just two newspaper titles to distribute, News International has infuriated retailers by advising that its daily delivery charge to retailers within the M25 is to rise by 4.3 per cent from Monday October 15.

Slamming NI for its actions, NFRN National President Alan Smith said: “After almost identical rises by Smiths News and Menzies Distribution and its subsidiary EM News, NI is the latest wholesaler to jump on the bandwagon, making hard-pressed retailers the scapegoats.

“Like other wholesalers, NI is claiming that fuel prices and RPI have risen significantly and that they have to manage their costs and operational efficiencies accordingly. Yet year in year out it is clear to us that they are unable to manage and control their costs and when these fall short they are simply passed onto retailers.

"In our view NI should stick with publishing,” Mr Smith said.

News of this new increase would be shared with the Competition Commission, Mr Smith added.

“These latest actions prove yet again why the newspaper industry and its unfair practices have to be investigated.”

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