The French Agency for competition (Autorité de la concurrence, ADLC) has fined Apple €1.1 billion for violation of competition rules. This is stated in a statement on Monday a communiqué of the Ministry.
“The Directorate of competition has fined Apple €1.1 billion for price collusion within its distribution network and the violation of economic independence is not linked to its seller network”, – stated in the message.
It also specifies that fines were imposed on two large wholesalers products, Tech Data and Ingram Micro in the amount of €76,1 €62,9 million, respectively. As noted by the representatives of management, the crux of the matter is that “Apple and its two wholesaler has agreed not to compete with each other and to prevent distributors to compete with each other”. The Department added that the so-called premium retailers have been in a situation when the reduction of their food prices led to serious risks. “This led to levelling of retail prices between integrated and independent Apple distributors premium distributors”, – explained in Department.
“Finally, Apple has abused economic dependence of these premium distributors, exposing them to unfair and adverse business conditions than with its integrated network of distributors – continued in management. – Given the strong influence of these methods on the competition when you distribute Apple products through Resellers Apple premium, the office imposed the highest fine ever imposed in the case.”