Apple, Amazon Face Antirust Investigation Over Online Sales in Spain

Apple, Amazon facing antitrust investigation into online sales in Spain

The Spanish competition watchdog CNMC is investigating possible anti-competitive practices in Spain by Apple and Amazon regarding the online sale of electronic products.

The CNMC said in a statement Thursday that it had opened disciplinary proceedings over possible illegal conduct by both companies, including possible restrictions on Amazon’s website in Spain.

“(Restrictions) would affect third-party retail sales of Apple products and the advertising of competing Apple products, leading to reduced competition in the Internet retail market for electronic products,” the CNMC said.

In addition, they could strengthen Amazon’s position in the sector of providing marketing services to third-party retailers through online platforms in Spain.

Amazon said in a statement that it is fully cooperating with the authority on the matter, while Apple in Spain was not immediately available for comment.

The CNMC proceedings provide for a maximum period of 18 months for the investigation and resolution of the case.

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