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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 66

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

Here below you find the most read articles on CompetitionFeed over the last week.


Vodafone bets on $8 billion merger to boost Australia business

Vodafone is betting on an $8 billion merger to better compete with Australia's telecom giants as the country prepares to shift to faster mobile networks. Read More.


Viagogo taken to High Court by competition regulator

Ticket reseller Viagogo is being taken to court by the competition watchdog over concerns it is breaking consumer protection law. Read More.


Petrol station merger raises competition concerns in local areas

Motor Fuel Group must address CMA concerns over its takeover of rival MRH to avoid an in-depth investigation. Read More.

European Commission

Commission clears acquisition of sole control of Wind Tre by Hutchison, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation Hutchison's acquisition of sole control of Wind Tre, currently controlled by Hutchison and VEON. Hutchison will remain responsible for fulfilling the conditions of the Commission's 2016 decision clearing the creation of Wind Tre. Read More.

Truth on the Market

Amazon-Whole Foods: The Speculation Then, the Evidence Today

While one year is too soon to fully judge the competitive impacts of the Amazon-Whole Foods merger, nevertheless, it appears that much of the populist antitrust movement’s speculation that the merger would destroy competition and competitors and impoverish workers has failed to materialize. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Excessive Pricing in the Pharmaceutical Market – How the CAT Shot Down the CMA’s Pfizer/Flynn Case

James Killick, Assimakis Komninos
The article analyses the recent judgment of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) which annulled the decision fining Pfizer and Flynn Pharma for abusing their dominant position by charging excessive prices for a pharmaceutical product. Read More.

World Competition: Law and Economics Review

Antitrust Scrutiny of Excessive Prices in the Pharmaceutical Sector: A Comparative Study of the Italian and UK Experiences

Margherita Colangelo
Excessive pricing has generally been seen as a problem to be addressed through sector-specific regulation rather than through antitrust intervention. Read More.

Review of Industrial Organization

Search Fatigue

Bruce I. CarlinFlorian Ederer
Consumer search is not only costly but also tiring. We characterize the intertemporal effects that search fatigue has on monopoly and oligopoly prices, the product lines offered by firms, and the provision of consumer assistance (i.e., advice). Read More.

International Journal of Industrial Organization

On the long-term impact price caps: investment, uncertainty, imperfect competition, and rationing

Price caps are often used by policy makers to “regulate markets”, and have been found to have conflicting effects on net surplus. Read More.

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