The Italian Competition Authority publishes the results of an inquiry into the modern trade sector (Indagine conoscitiva sul settore della GDO)

Analysis The Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) has carried out a sector inquiry in the Italian modern trade sector [1]. The inquiry’s focus is mainly on the competition law impact arising from the practices commonly adopted by the modern trade (e.g. unilateral amendments of the contractual terms, supply of services unrelated to the sale of goods, etc.) with a specific focus on the food sector. It also provides for suggestions and possible courses of action intended to reduce the antitrust hurdles created by such conducts. In what follows, we first provide a description of the most common practices as assessed by the ICA (i.e. discounts and contributions). We then describe the main antitrust issues ascertained by the ICA. Eventually, we illustrate the remedies that, according to the

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  • Legance - Studio Legale Associato (Rome)
  • Legance - Studio Legale Associato

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Vito Auricchio, Dario Morelli, The Italian Competition Authority publishes the results of an inquiry into the modern trade sector (Indagine conoscitiva sul settore della GDO), 13 August 2013, e-Competitions August 2013, Art. N° 60079

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