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New Look accused of 'fat tax' on plus-size clothing

New Look has been accused of imposing a “fat tax” on its plus-size Curves range, after charging more for identical product available cheaper in its standard sized offer.

A pair of green striped trousers were found to be £22.99 in the Curves range, compared to £19.99 in the retailer’s standard collection, while a size 18 striped T-shirt cost that £12.99 was being sold for just £9.99 in the standard range - a 30% difference.

A New Look spokesman said: “To ensure pricing differences like these don’t happen in future, we are in the process of reviewing the pricing structure of our plus-size collection in a way which works best for our customers and our business.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • I've got to stick up for New Look on this-bigger sizes need more fabric-there I've said it now-sorry. It seems a non story on a slow news day to me.
    So they can either charge two different prices based on consumption or average out the prices so smaller size prices go up and bigger sizes prices come down.
    They can't really win either way.

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  • Bigger sizes cost more money to make than standard sizes. More fabric consumption and sometimes slower to sew. Whether the selling price of 30% more is too much? That is debatable. However, they should trade for some percentage more than standard sizes.

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