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Furniture stores used fake prices, says OFT

Six high street furniture and carpet retailers are being investigated for misleading their customers with artificially discounted prices.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said the stores had all advertised price cuts which were not genuine.

In particular, they advertised reductions from previously higher prices, which tricked customers into thinking they were getting a bargain.

Carpetright, which is among the six being investigated, said it would co-operate fully with the OFT, but insisted there was no suggestion that it had broken competition law.

Joe Lynam reports.

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