The Spanish Competition Authority fines four large supermarket chains for concerted practices in their relationships with their beverages providers (FIAB/Alcampo)

In a decision dated 22 May 2006 (“the Decision”), the Spanish Competition Authority (Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, hereinafter “TDC”) has found that four large supermarket chains, namely, Alcampo, Carrefour, El Corte Inglés and Mercadona, had infringed Article 1 (1) of the Spanish Competition Act (a similar provision to Article 81 (1) of the EC Treaty), as they collectively imposed on their alcoholic beverages providers the implementation of an anti-theft system. This practice was brought to the TDC's attention by an association of producers of food products and beverages (Federación Española de Industrias de la Alimentación y bebidas, hereinafter “FIAB”), which filed a complaint in December 2002. In its complaint, FIAB claimed that the supermarket

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Aitor Montesa Lloreda, Angel Givaja Sanz, The Spanish Competition Authority fines four large supermarket chains for concerted practices in their relationships with their beverages providers (FIAB/Alcampo), 22 May 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2006, Art. N° 1330

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