Price challenge to traders

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IT is time for those importing and selling tobacco, alcohol and petrol to come clean and explain why they are charging so much, the Treasury Minister has said.

Armed with figures which showed the price of goods when Impôts duty and GST were removed, Senator Philip Ozouf called on them to end years of secrecy over unexplained margins.

And he said it was time they stopped hiding behind the myth that it was all down to the extra cost of doing business in Jersey.

Senator Ozouf explained that the net price of a packet of cigarettes in Jersey was £2.34, but £1.22 in the UK. He said that it was a similar story on forecourts and in pubs.

• See Saturday's JEP for full story

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