The Italian Competition Authority closes with commitments the investigation into a collective buying group and five large retail chains, ordering the winding-up of the buying group (Centrale Italiana)

With its decisions of 17 September 2014 the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA” or the “Authority”) closed with a commitment decision an investigation into the collective buying group Centrale Italiana S.c.a.r.l. (“Centrale Italiana”) and five competing large retail chains which are members of it [1] (jointly, the “Parties”). The investigation aimed to verify the existence of anticompetitive agreements in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty of Functioning of the European Union (“TFUE”). The Parties operate in the large-scale retail trade channel (Grande Distribuzione Organizzata or G.D.O.), which is characterised by organisations - i.e. buying groups - that combine their purchasing volumes and powers to obtain goods or services at a better price than otherwise possible through individual

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Sara Lembo, The Italian Competition Authority closes with commitments the investigation into a collective buying group and five large retail chains, ordering the winding-up of the buying group (Centrale Italiana), 17 September 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 70055

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