Two companies engaged in the sale of interior design, furniture, and home furnishing have consented to pay a fine order from the Swedish Competition Authority. The companies coordinated some of their sales prices, which constituted unlawful cooperation. They will now pay a total of over half a million Swedish kronor in administrative fines.
The Swedish Competition Authority has investigated a suspected unlawful cooperation between Artilleriet Interiors AB and Rum21 (which is part of Royal Design Group AB). The cooperation commenced in February 2016 and continued until at least the month of June of the same year. The infringement consists of the fact that, contrary to the Swedish Competition Act, the companies coordinated their sales prices for Ton brand products.
The competition rules have the purpose of supporting free and open markets by protecting competition, for the benefit of consumers. Therefore the Swedish Competition Act prohibits competing companies from entering into agreements which prevent or restrict competition in the market, for example by agreeing on what prices the companies will charge consumers.
The companies in question have agreed to accept the fine orders, meaning that the companies have consented to pay administrative fines for anti-competitive activities. Artilleriet Interiors AB and Royal Design Group AB have agreed to pay SEK 75,000 and SEK 500,000 respectively in administrative fines.
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