The European Commission's competition authorities have launched an investigation into the American drinks giant Coca-Cola. According to German media, a billion-dollar fine is imminent.
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The Chinese government has had enough of the unbridled power of its technology giants. After heavy interventions and a billion-dollar fine for e-commerce giant Alibaba, it would also be Tencent's turn. Now, both rivals are forced to seek rapprochement between each other.
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The Chinese government is opening an investigation into Alibaba (AliExpress, Tmall) to see whether the e-commerce giant is abusing its dominant position. Is the Internet empire, which the government itself created, becoming too powerful?
The buying alliance between Carrefour and Tesco is subject to strict conditions by the French competition authority: fruit and vegetables are excluded from the cooperation, as are products of which Carrefour has more than 15% market share.
According to the European Commission, Amazon is in breach of competition rules. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager argues that the web giant uses data from third-party sellers on the marketplace to favour its own business.
The European competition watchdog has confirmed it has opened an investigation into food producer Mondelez' alleged price fixing and illegal blocking of cross-border sales.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) objects to the acquisition of the local AB InBev branch by Japanese competitor Asahi, on the grounds that free competition may be endangered.
Belgium's biggest supermarket chain Colruyt expects a slightly higher net profit for this year. The retailer also said at its general meeting that it was not afraid of the increasing competition and that it would instead give Dutch Jumbo, which is expanding to Belgium soon, a "warm welcome".
After Apple started selling its products directly on Amazon, a lot of external sellers were banned from the platform and prices have gone up. A US watchdog looks if this is legal.
Two Dutch retail organisations have issued a joint report that says non-European webstores such as AliExpress are not in compliance with local regulations. Detailhandel Nederland and Thuiswinkel.org therefore think such shops have a competitive advantage that is deemed unfair.
This week, the offices of supermarket chains Casino and Intermarché (in France) and Carrefour and Louis Delhaize (in Belgium) were visited by inspectors from different competition authorities. They are investigating whether the retailers violated antitrust regulations with their purchase alliances.
The Belgian Competition Authority is investigating whether some supermarket chains have violated competition rules. Yesterday, a search and seizure took place at the headquarters of Carrefour and Provera (louis delhaize). For clarity's sake: Ahold Delhaize is not involved in the matter.
A week after Brussels targeted American clothing brand Guess, Nike, Universal Studios and Sanrio are now also being examined. They all may have breached the European Union’s regulations regarding sales across borders and online sales.
According to the European Commission, 38 % of online retailers use "geoblocking", a technique that basically hinders or totally blocks purchases from abroad.