The EU Commission publishes its final report on the inquiry into the e-commerce sector

On 10 May 2017, DG Competition of the European Commission (the "Commission") published its final report on the inquiry into the e-commerce sector (launched in May 2015 as part of the Digital Single Market strategy). The findings in the report are based on information gathered from 1,900 stakeholders in 28 EU Member States, including some 8,000 distribution and license agreements relating to consumer goods and digital content. The report largely confirms the Commission's preliminary findings published in its report of September 2016. Findings in relation to consumer goods: The Commission's main findings in relation to consumer goods include the following: • e-commerce has led to a high degree of price transparency leading to an increase in price competition. The report noted that 53%

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Leon Korsten, Bertold Bar-Bouyssière, Alexandra Kamerling, The EU Commission publishes its final report on the inquiry into the e-commerce sector, 10 May 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2017, Art. N° 84149

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