The EU Commission assesses the competitive effects of dual pricing and distribution making the German Competition Authority focus on this matter

The EU Commission has confirmed in its recently published Evaluation that it is assessing the competitive effects of dual pricing and dual distribution. Following the significant growth of online sales, these practises have also been a focus of the German FCO. The German FCO has looked at the anti-competitive effects of dual pricing systems. In its view, they can constitute an inadmissible hardcore restriction under Article 4 (b) VBER. As far as dual distribution systems are concerned, the FCO has looked at the extent to which online hybrid platforms are covered by the cartel prohibition exemption pursuant to Article 2 (4) VBER. Dual pricing In a dual pricing system, a manufacturer grants its retailers different purchase prices depending on their reselling behaviour. The purchase

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Marcio da Silva Lima, The EU Commission assesses the competitive effects of dual pricing and distribution making the German Competition Authority focus on this matter, 8 septembre 2020, e-Competitions September 2020, Art. N° 97251

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