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BSH pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance and prevention of parallel imports on white goods

24. april 2013

On April 24, 2013, BSH White Goods entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime for infringing section 6 of the Danish Competition Act and article 101 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union.

The infringements concerned the imposing of resale price maintenance to some of the company’s dealers and the prevention of parallel imports.

BSH White Goods accepted to pay a fine of DKK 1.5 million (€ 201.000) and two persons from the management each accepted to pay fines of DKK 20.000 (€ 2.700).

BSH White Goods is one of the largest players in the Danish market for white goods. The company markets the brands Bosch and Siemens.

For a period of one year, starting in 2008, BSH White Goods demanded that some of the company’s dealers followed the prices, which the company indicated in a special list. The company also tracked down a wholesaler in Germany and prevented parallel imports from him.

After carrying out a number of dawn raids, The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority notified the police about the infringements in 2010.