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Tesco, Auchan melon prices complaint

The retail prices for watermelons announced by Tesco Hungary Rt and Auchan Hungary Rt are manipulative and unfair and the chains are leading the government "by the nose", the director of a producers' organization said yesterday, daily Magyar Hírlap reported. The producers accuse the supermarket chains of price dumping and have asked Minister of Agriculture József Graf in a letter to ensure that they obey the law, Béla Mártonffy said. Tesco sells watermelon for Ft 29 per kilogram and Auchan for Ft 25 per kilogram, whereas the procurement price averages around Ft 35.