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Opinion : The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on central purchasing and reference agencies, reveals multiple competition risks on downstream and upstream markets and makes several recommendations for the legislator

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In barely three months, the French retail landscape has undergone a major upheaval following the conclusion of three merger agreements between the main distribution groups. These agreements concern A first agreement of September 10, 2014 by which Système U mandated Auchan to negotiate a part of its purchases of national brand products. A second agreement of 7 November 2014 which, in response, ratified the creation of a joint venture between ITM and Casino to negotiate exclusively with 64 suppliers of consumer goods. In response, a final agreement dated December 22nd, 2014 has provided for Provera to join Carrefour's central listing offices for all

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Nicolas Éréséo, Opinion : The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on central purchasing and reference agencies, reveals multiple competition risks on downstream and upstream markets and makes several recommendations for the legislator, 31 March 2015, Concurrences N° 3-2015, Art. N° 75050, pp. 97-100

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