Market Studies and Inquiries

Facebook and Google are not creative destroyers in news industry, Sims says

Facebook and Google are not creative destroyers in news industry, Sims says

11 February 2019

The head of Australia’s antitrust enforcer has said the entry of Facebook and Google into the market for news is not an example of positive “creative destruction”, as the two platforms are not replacing the services they’re endangering.

Retail food inquiry finds no anticompetitive conduct

Retail food inquiry finds no anticompetitive conduct

08 February 2019

Luxembourg’s competition enforcer has published its retail food sector inquiry report, three years after it concluded its review of the market.

South African enforcer halts market inquiries because of budget constraints

South African enforcer halts market inquiries because of budget constraints

25 January 2019

A funding shortage has forced South Africa’s antitrust authority to pause several market inquiries and investigations until the start of the new financial year in April.

UK calls for airline slot allocation reform

UK calls for airline slot allocation reform

19 December 2018

While the UK’s antitrust watchdog urges an auction-based model of allocating airport slots – the right to take off or land at a given time – a leading European aviation lawyer has derided the enforcer’s recommendations as “poorly thought out [and] poorly substantiated.”

UK audit sector not fit for purpose, enforcer says

UK audit sector not fit for purpose, enforcer says

18 December 2018

Companies that operate both audit and consulting services should be split into separate companies with separate management, accounts and remuneration in order to improve the quality of auditing services, the UK’s competition enforcer has said.

Japan to assess power of digital platforms

Japan to assess power of digital platforms

13 December 2018

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission reportedly will survey the business practices of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, while an agency study group has recommended the enforcer further investigates the conduct of digital platforms.

COFECE probes market for card payment systems

COFECE probes market for card payment systems

29 October 2018

Mexico’s competition enforcer is investigating the card payment systems market for barriers to entry, which could end with the agency imposing remedies on the market.

UK begins audit sector market study

UK begins audit sector market study

10 October 2018

The UK’s competition authority has launched a market study into the audit sector, following calls from lawmakers for the break-up of the so-called Big Four accountancy firms.

Competition concerns require new waste regulator, Ireland says

Competition concerns require new waste regulator, Ireland says

28 September 2018

Ireland’s antitrust authority has backed the creation of a new economic regulator for the household waste collection market, to address competition concerns in a sector it says tends to produce natural monopolies that give consumers little power.

Danish enforcer must improve case management, report says

Danish enforcer must improve case management, report says

13 September 2018

Denmark’s National Audit Office has criticised the country’s competition enforcer and state prosecutor for taking too long to conclude antitrust cases.