The Italian Competition Authority finds that exclusive agreements for the distribution of impulse ice-cream covering 57 % of retailers have no cumulative anti-competitive effects (Sagit / Contratti Vendita e Distribuzione Gelato)

By a decision worth reading the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) cleared a network of agreements concluded by Sagit, the Italian subsidiary of the Unilever group, for the distribution and commercialization of impulse ice creams it produced. First, the ICA found that the agreements did not infringe Section 2 of the Act 287/1990, a provision equivalent to Article 101 EC Treaty. Second, it ruled out that the Sagit agreements had anti-competitive effects in the context of cumulative effects doctrine [1]. The commented decision is of interest for the economics-based approach with which the ICA assessed vertical agreements and cumulative effects. The decision was partially annulled by the Council of State for the ICA failed to consider whether Sagit had a dominant position. However, the

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Michele Giannino, The Italian Competition Authority finds that exclusive agreements for the distribution of impulse ice-cream covering 57 % of retailers have no cumulative anti-competitive effects (Sagit / Contratti Vendita e Distribuzione Gelato), 30 janvier 2003, e-Competitions January 2003, Art. N° 30706

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