Investigations into concerted practices in the school bags sector concluded: Final application filed with Cartel Court* In early 2019, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (AFCA) initiated investigations into Fond Of GmbH, a manufacturer of school bags and school backpacks, as well as into several retailers, in response to alleged anti-competitive concerted practices (vertical price fixing). The infringements concerned in particular the Fond Of GmbH brands “satch” and “ergobag”. The company’s anti-competitive conduct involved agreements with manufacturers of school bags and school backpacks, requiring them to adhere to certain sales
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