Thailand has given the go-ahead to plans to use town planning laws to control the expansion of foreign supermarket retailers, which are forcing many smaller Thai retailers out of business. Interior Deputy Minister Pramual Rujanaseri said that current town planning laws for Bangkok and two neighbouring provinces would be expanded to the country's 73 other provinces. The regulations are likely to keep hypermarkets and superstores out of town and away from freshfood markets and groups of small family-run stores.