The German Federal Cartel Office clears merger between book suppliers despite high market shares in a local market (Karlsruher Buchmarkt)

Summary On 30 April 2008 the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) cleared a merger between two book suppliers despite high market shares in a local market. Although the FCO left open the question of whether online book sales belong to the relevant product market, it considered online book sales as unilateral constraints in its competitive assessment. It also considered potential entry/expansion as unilateral constraints. This approach is notable as it indicates a broader approach to merger control in a market where competition was usually assessed at a local level.

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Dennis Beling, The German Federal Cartel Office clears merger between book suppliers despite high market shares in a local market (Karlsruher Buchmarkt), 30 avril 2008, e-Competitions April 2008, Art. N° 23073

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