The EU Commission fines four consumer electronics groups for restricting their online retailers’ ability to set their own retail prices for widely-used electronics products (Asus / Denon & Marantz / Philips / Pioneer)

The Commission Decisions In February 2017, the Commission initiated proceedings against Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer following information obtained during the e-commerce sector inquiry. The Commission’s report had identified resale price maintenance as an area of concern, and highlighted the increased use of automated software for monitoring and setting prices. On 24 July 2018, the Commission imposed a total fine of €111 million on the four consumer electronics groups for restricting their online retailers’ ability to set their own retail prices for widely-used electronics products (including kitchen appliances, hair dryers, notebook computers and headphones). In particular, the Commission found that the

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Jacquelyn F. MacLennan, Marc Israel, The EU Commission fines four consumer electronics groups for restricting their online retailers’ ability to set their own retail prices for widely-used electronics products (Asus / Denon & Marantz / Philips / Pioneer), 24 July 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2018, Art. N° 87928

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