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Court victory for Microsoft

Premium - 01 August 1998

A month after the DoJ launched a broad antitrust suit against Microsoft, a Washington appeals court accepted Microsoft’s argument that bundling its browser software into Widows constituted a technological improvement for consumers - a decision that opened the way for a subdued retail launch of Windows 98.

Intel rejects monopoly claims

Premium - 01 August 1998

Chip-maker Intel has rejected the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s accusations that it applied monopoly power to limit competition, denying it had used unfair tactics in its relations with computer companies.

Credit Lyonnais

Premium - 01 August 1998

The European Commission and the French government have reached agreement over state aid to the French state-owned bank Crédit Lyonnais - four years after the Commission began investigating the case.

Kirch/ Bertelsmann/ DT

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The European Commission has prohibited the proposed digital television deal between Kirch, Bertelsmann and Deutsche Telekom after a last-minute compromise was rejected by Bertelsmann.

EU probes BSkyB

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British television broadcaster BSkyB, whose interactive television venture has already attracted Commission scrutiny, is facing a further inquiry over its plans to provide its multi-channel television service to cable operators in the UK.

Ladbrokes/ Coral deadline extended

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The UK Department of Trade has given the Monopolies and Mergers Commission more time to conclude its inquiry into the acquisition by Ladbrokes of the Coral betting assets of Bass.

Cola wars shift to Italy

Premium - 01 August 1998

Italian antitrust regulators are investigating Coca-Cola Co following complaints from PepsiCo Inc that it is blocking Pepsi’s access to beverage wholesalers by rewarding them for stocking exclusively Coca-Cola products.

German, Dutch railways to merge freight operations

Premium - 01 August 1998

In an innovative move seen as foreshadowing the introduction of the European single currency, the German and Dutch national railways are to merge their freight operations in response to growing demand for international services.

DoJ approves Alumex buyout

Premium - 01 August 1998

The US Department of Justice has cleared the Aluminium Company of America’s US$3.8 billion buyout of Alumax Inc after Alcoa agreed to sell its aluminium cast plate operations.

Brazil frees up oil sector

Premium - 01 August 1998

Brazil has taken steps to open its oil sector to competition by ending the monopoly on oil exploration and production held by the state oil company, Petrobras.