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Spain Hits Apple, Amazon With 194-mn-Euro Antitrust Fine

Spain's competition authority investigates agreement preventing third-party vendors selling Apple products on Amazon Marketplace.


Spain’s antitrust watchdog CNMC on Tuesday said it had imposed fines worth 194 million euros ($218.2 million) in total on Amazon and Apple for colluding to limit the free sale of devices from Apple and competitors on Amazon’s Spanish websites.

 

 

 

Spain’s competition watchdog said Tuesday it has slapped US tech giants Amazon and Apple with fines totalling 194 million euros ($218 million) for collusion in the sale of products.

The two firms had agreed to limit the sale of Apple products on Amazon’s Spanish websites by third-party resellers “which restricted competition,” the regulator said in a statement.

Contractual provisions of a 2018 agreement between the companies meant only selected resellers picked by Apple were allowed to sell Apple products on Amazon.es, it added.

“Over 90 percent of resellers who used Amazon’s website in Spain to sell Apple products were excluded from Spain’s main online market,” the statement said.

The move “drastically” reduced competition between resellers of Apple products on Amazon’s Spanish platform, it added.

The authority imposed a fine of 50.5 million euros on Amazon and 143.6 million euros on Apple.

Tech giants like Apple and Amazon have been fined several times in recent years in Europe for violating competition laws.

Italy hit Amazon with a fine of 1.1 billion euros in December 2021 for abusing its dominant market position while France slapped Apple with a fine of 371.6 million in October 2022.