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Retailer criticises competition from government

An electrical retailer in the Isle of Man is appealing to MHKs over what it claims is unfair competition from the Manx Electricity Authority.

A letter from T H Colebourn to all members says it is inappropriate for the government to be competing against the private sector, through the authority's retail outlet.

In a written reply to a recent Keys question, MEA chairman Quintin Gill said the authority's shops were operating fairly, but making a loss.

Colebourn's managing director Tony Lyth told Manx Radio it wasn't a case of 'sour grapes':

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