Belgium: Antitrust regulator raided retailers

On May 20, 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) conducted dawn raids on undertakings active in the retail distribution sector, which, according to the newspaper de Tijd, included Carrefour.

The companies in question are suspected of having engaged in anti-competitive conduct over purchase partnerships for consumer goods.

Such purchase partnerships have been on the radar of the BCA and several other competition authorities for a number of years. Purchase partnerships or buyer alliances among retailers against suppliers (often large global companies) can be good for competition and consumers by creating efficiencies by reducing wholesale or transaction costs.

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