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Anticompetitive practices
Case reference
PRC/2017/13
Entities involved
  • Auchan Retail Portugal, S.A.
  • ITMP ALIMENTAR, S.A.
  • Modelo Continente - Hipermercados, S.A.
  • Pessoa(s) singular(es)
  • Pingo Doce - Distribuição Alimentar, SA
  • Super Bock Bebidas, S.A.
Natural persons involved
Yes
Sector
Supply and Food Industry
Activity (NACE)
G47111 - Retail trade in supermarkets and hypermarkets
Investigated practice
  • Horizontal agreement
  • Vertical agreement
Legal provisions
  • European-TFEU-Article 101
  • National-Law 19/2012-Article 9
Case origin
Ex-officio
Dawn raids
Yes
Cooperation with sector regulators
Status
Closed
AdC’s decision
Filing decision, Sanctioning decision
Settlement
No settlement.
Sanction imposed
  • Auchan Retail Portugal, S.A. - €3,463,000.00
  • ITMP ALIMENTAR, S.A. - €8,265,000.00
  • Modelo Continente - Hipermercados, S.A. - €27,480,000.00
  • Pessoa(s) singular(es) - €536.00
  • Pingo Doce - Distribuição Alimentar, SA - €20,362,000.00
  • Super Bock Bebidas, S.A. - €33,296,000.00
Summary of the case

From 2003 to 2017, a beverages producer and supplier (Super Bock) and a group of retailers (MCH, Pingo Doce, Auchan and ITMP) resorted to their vertical relation to horizontally promote the retail price fixing of Super Bock products (hub-and-spoke concerted practice). The practice under investigation entailed a cross-check mechanism of retail prices charged by each retailer as a mean to ensure price alignment, as well as the regular report of price deviations to the supplier Super Bock so that it could pressure for price readjustments. There is also evidence that both Super Bock and the retailers resorted to retaliation actions to pressure for horizontal alignment.

Timeline
Judicial phase chronology - Interlocutory appeals
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