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Hudson's Bay to pay $4.5 million to settle Competition Bureau investigation

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 9, 2019
The Hudson's Bay Company has agreed to pay a $4 million penalty and $500,000 towards the Competition Bureau's costs to resolve a proceeding relating to Hudson's Bay's advertising and pricing practices for sleep sets in Canada.
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Canada   Hudson's Bay will also ensure that the marketing of all sleep sets complies
As part of a consent agreement registered with the Competition Tribunal, Hudson's Bay will also ensure that the marketing of all sleep sets complies with provisions of the Competition Act relating to ordinary selling price and false or misleading representations.

In addition, Hudson's Bay will establish and maintain a corporate-wide compliance program that will promote compliance with the Competition Act.

The Bureau took legal action against Hudson's Bay in 2017 to end what it considered to be deceptive marketing practices.

The Bureau alleged that Hudson's Bay offered sleep sets at inflated regular prices and then advertised deep discounts on these prices, suggesting significant savings to consumers.

The Bureau also alleged that Hudson's Bay made misleading representations as part of clearance promotions, implying that the price of sleep sets was lowered to sell the remaining on-hand inventory.

In fact, Hudson's Bay did not have significant on-hand inventory, and instead ordered new products from manufacturers when consumers made purchases.