Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

CMA opens fuel market inquiry over price gap concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched a market study into the fuel sector after an urgent initial review found “cause for concern”, while Austria’s antitrust enforcer said it will alert the European Commission after concluding its own fuel market inquiry.

08 July 2022

CMA launches urgent fuel retail market inquiry

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is conducting a “short and focused” review of the fuel retail market following an urgent request from the country’s government over the “concerning” rise in prices.

14 June 2022

UK mobile ecosystems study spawns new Google probe, potential market investigation

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has begun investigating Google’s app store restrictions while consulting on whether to launch a market investigation into mobile browsers and cloud gaming.

10 June 2022

UK and EU enforcers warned over recruitment concerns

The UK’s National Audit Office has warned that Brexit could hinder the national antitrust authority’s ability to attract new talent, while a separate report published by the EU Ombudsman has said that the European Commission risks undermining its integrity without a more robust “revolving doors” policy.

23 May 2022

Apple and Google oppose Australia’s proposed regulatory reform

Apple and Google have pushed back against a possible new regulatory framework for digital platforms in Australia, with the former arguing that the proposals target hypothetical rather than existing problems.

10 May 2022

UK government delays planned crackdown on digital markets

The UK government has published its proposals for the country’s new digital markets competition regime, but warned that legislation needed to implement the rules may not be passed until next year.

06 May 2022

ACCC raises self-preferencing concerns from online marketplace algorithms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised concerns that the algorithms employed by the country’s top online marketplaces could be used to preference their own products to the detriment of rival sellers.

28 April 2022

Japan weighs regulating Apple and Google following government study

A special digital markets unit within the Japanese government has suggested regulating Apple and Google to stimulate competition in the mobile ecosystem market after concluding that restrictions on third-party application stores and the pre-installation of apps give the companies a competitive advantage.

27 April 2022

CMA gets heightened enforcement powers

The UK government has given the country’s Competition and Markets Authority beefed-up powers, including a new merger jurisdiction test to capture killer acquisitions and heftier fines for noncompliance with antitrust probes.

20 April 2022

CMA looks to behavioural economics to remedy online platform concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has released a paper identifying concerns arising from dominant technology companies deliberately designing their websites or applications to harm consumers and distort competition.

06 April 2022

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