The Autorité de la concurrence fines both PVG and Ligne Plus suppliers for anticompetitive agreement on wholesale prices and sharing of customer base (horizontal agreement).
Liquid fuel heating unit market
Mobile devices are often seen as seasonal products, used as backup heating units and for which price is the most important criteria for consumers. Liquid fuel heating units in France are all imported from South-East Asia. Retailing of these products in France is provided by wholesale-importers who also ensure customer service.
The two main wholesale-importers on the French market are:
|Companies||Final fine (in Euros)|
|PVG France and PVG International, severally with PVG Distribution B.V., PVG Holding B.V.||4 000 000|
|Ligne Plus S.A., severally with Essege, SG Holding and Tolefi||4 218 000|
|Leroy Merlin France, severally with Groupe Adeo||795 000|
|TOTAL||9 013 000|
> For more details on this case, see the full text of decision 16-D17 of 21 July 2016 relating to anticompetitive practices in the liquid fuel backup heating units sector
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