The Channel logo

News

By | John Oates 8th April 2009 11:37

Microsoft hit with €9m fine over German pricing

Ve haff vays off making you not talk to each other

The German competition authority, the BundesKartellamt, has fined Microsoft €9m for colluding with retailers to set the price of "Office Home and Student 2007".

Suppliers are allowed to talk to retailers about prices but need to be careful not to break competition rules.

But in this case, Microsoft staff and a leading German stationer met at least twice to set prices. The two worked together on an advertising campaign in autumn 2008, which Microsoft funded.

BundesKartellamt rules state that discussions between suppliers and retailers must not lead to coordination to the extent that the supplier influences future actions by the retailer.

But the regulator ruled: "In the present case, this boundary has been crossed."

Microsoft has accepted the fine. ®

comment icon Read 11 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

frustration_anger_irritation_annoyance pain

Felipe Costa

Pressure to perform for stock market bearing down on disties
Columns of coins in the cloud

Michael Cote

Anything that simple to use has got to be complex to set up
Internet of Things

Gavin Clarke

This time, Larry's Oracle is going after the networking giants

Features

No email? No CRM? No Daily Mail iPad edition? You need a plan
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Failure to crack next-gen semiconductors threatens to set back humanity
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club