The German Competition Authority welcomes the decision of a postal service company to end its discount system for the dispatch of newspapers and magazines (Deutsche Post)

The Deutsche Post AG (“DPAG”) has cancelled its until recently practiced discount system in relation to its dispatch services provided to newspaper and magazine publishers. The DPAG`s decision to stop discounting the dispatch services occurred after the German Federal Cartel Office initiated an antitrust proceeding in 2016 due to an alleged abuse of a market dominant position under German competition law. The FCO, in particular, raised competition concerns that DPAG’s customers had been bound to DPAG by way of the inadmissible rebate system which impeded the access of DPAF’s competitors to the customers’ dispatch volumes. Factual “exclusive purchase

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Marcio da Silva Lima, The German Competition Authority welcomes the decision of a postal service company to end its discount system for the dispatch of newspapers and magazines (Deutsche Post), 2 March 2021, e-Competitions Notion of dominance, Art. N° 99761

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