Market Studies and Inquiries

UK supermarket removes anticompetitive property clauses

UK supermarket removes anticompetitive property clauses

17 February 2020

Tesco has agreed to remove contractual clauses that prevented landlords from renting UK property to the grocer's rivals, as the UK’s antitrust watchdog called for increased enforcement powers.

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

14 February 2020

The executive director for markets and mergers at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has defended the enforcer’s preference for structural remedies for deals, even as it has experimented with behavioural remedies in other areas.

US FTC to study big tech deals for small companies

11 February 2020

The US Federal Trade Commission has asked Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft to provide it with information on their previously unreported acquisitions of the past decade.

CMA to undertake first-ever study of state of competition

CMA to undertake first-ever study of state of competition

05 February 2020

The UK’s government has commissioned the Competition and Markets Authority to prepare a report on the nationwide state of competition, marking the first time any antitrust agency has attempted such an expansive study.

CMA fines tech company for digital ad market study delay

CMA fines tech company for digital ad market study delay

20 January 2020

For the first time, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined a company for failing to cooperate with a market study information request.

Greek enforcer proposes press regulator

Greek enforcer proposes press regulator

15 January 2020

Greece’s competition enforcer has suggested the government create a new regulator to ensure transparency and fair competition for publishers distributing news and other media.

EU parliamentary subcommittee “deplores” long-running Google probe

EU parliamentary subcommittee “deplores” long-running Google probe

14 January 2020

An economic subcommittee of the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to make radical changes to competition policy, and rebuked the enforcer for failing to conclude probes into Google and Apple.

Platforms should “self-regulate”, says Indian enforcer

Platforms should “self-regulate”, says Indian enforcer

09 January 2020

The Competition Commission of India has asked online platforms to self-regulate by introducing policies that reduce the imbalance of bargaining power between platform operators and sellers.

CMA wins praise for digital ad report

CMA wins praise for digital ad report

20 December 2019

Antitrust specialists have weighed in on the UK agency's online platforms and digital advertising interim report, as enforcers in Europe and North America eagerly await the market study’s final results.

CMA finds Google and Facebook have digital ad market power

CMA finds Google and Facebook have digital ad market power

18 December 2019

The UK’s competition enforcer has recommended regulation to increase competition in the online platform and digital advertising markets, but stopped short of calling for the break-up of technology companies.