Effects of vertical restraints and access to distribution networks: Exclusivity practices in the agricultural machinery sector

This paper investigates the organization of the agricultural machinery sector in France and several other European Member States. It offers an analysis of its main actors, tractor manufacturers. It reviews academic literature and examines vertical restraints practices as well as issues relating to access to distribution networks.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. When it revised the regulation on vertical restraints in the motor [1]vehicle sector, the European Commission went back on the prohibition in principle of single-branding practices. This decision brings, in a welcome move, the legal analysis closer to the economic study, which favours a case-by-case understanding of the effects of vertical restraints. 2. The agricultural machinery sector has similarities with its automotive neighbour: the chain from the vehicle producer through the dealer network to the final consumer (the farmer) involves similar players. As in the automotive sector as well, a smaller number of upstream producers seem to be developing

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