The Dutch Competition Authority fines 4 cigarette manufacturers EUR 88 million for distorting competition through exchange of information through third parties (British American Tobacco / JT International / Phillip Morris / Van Nelle Tabak)

Four cigarette manufacturers fined 82 million euros for distorting competition* The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has imposed fines totaling more than 82 million euros on four major cigarette manufacturers. Between July 2008 and July 2011, they distorted competition. They exchanged information, through wholesalers among other channels, about future prices of cigarette packs. That is illegal. Martijn Snoep, Chairman of the Board of ACM, explains: “It was common practice for cigarette manufacturers to receive information from wholesalers about the retail prices of their competitors’ cigarette packs before those prices came into effect. With that information, the manufacturers were able to adjust their prices to their competitors’ prices in advance. That distorts

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Dutch Competition Authority, The Dutch Competition Authority fines 4 cigarette manufacturers EUR 88 million for distorting competition through exchange of information through third parties (British American Tobacco / JT International / Phillip Morris / Van Nelle Tabak), 27 September 2020, e-Competitions Exchange of information in associations of undertakings, Art. N° 97083

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