The French Competition Authority fines five toy manufacturers and three distributors for an anticompetitive agreement on prices (Lego)

Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority.

The Conseil de la concurrence imposes a €37 million fine on 5 toy manufacturers and 3 distributors* Following a referral by the ministry of Economy, the Conseil de la concurrence issues a decision against five toy manufacturers for agreeing with distributors to fix Christmas toys' resale prices, to the detriment of consumers. The Conseil also imposed a fine on three distributors on the same grounds. Total fines amount to €37 million and are broken down as follows : Suppliers : · Chicco – Puériculture de France : €600,000 · Goliath: €25,000 · Hasbro : €5.1million · Lego : €1.6 million · MegaBrands :€240,000 Distributors : · Carrefour: €27.4 million · MaxiToys :€1.8 million · EPSE (JouéClub) : €300,000 The Conseil considered that it had insufficient evidence - notably as regards pricing policies –to

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority fines five toy manufacturers and three distributors for an anticompetitive agreement on prices (Lego), 20 December 2007, e-Competitions December 2007, Art. N° 66338

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