The Commission of FAS Russia found signs of coordination OOO “Sangfei CEC electronics Rus” (importer Philips) economic activities of Resellers against smartphones Philips. In the case was steeped and OOO “BPS Retail”, according to KONKURENT.RU.

“When analysing the state of competition in the smartphone market, Philips has investigated e-mail correspondence of the employees of LLC “Sangfei CEC electronics Rus” with Resellers of smartphones Philips, which contains the signs of the the company coordinating the economic activities of Resellers, retail prices on several models of smartphones Philips, acting Resellers during the study period, information about price changes, presumably related to the implementation of such coordination, as well as information about shipments, smartphones Philips to the Resellers,” — said in a specially prepared FAS for this reason report.

Resellers smartphones Philips, economic activities which presumably are coordinated, was of PJSC “VimpelCom”, OOO “Internet Solutions (Ozone), JSC “BPS Retail”, JSC “Svyaznoy logistics”, OOO “Sitilink”, OOO “Online trade”.

FAS has repeatedly revealed violations of the Antimonopoly legislation on the Russian market of smartphones in particular, Apple and LG. In 2017, the Federal Antimonopoly service has fined Russian “daughter” Apple “Apple Rus” to 1.75 million RUB over the coordination of prices on iPhone 5-th and 6-th generation. In the fall of 2018, the FAS said that it will not initiate proceedings on the complaint for possible collusion in setting prices on Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max in retail, but will continue to monitor the situation on the market.

In early 2018, the FAS accused of the same violation of the “daughter” LG “LG electronics Rus”. According to FAS, she used a special program to monitor the prices of smartphones from retailers. In addition, they provide the vendor information on non-compliance with recommended retail prices of competitors. “Daughter” of the LG, the FAS has fined 2.5 million rubles In this case also were involved in OOO “BPS Retail”, which was subsequently fined. However, later the arbitration court “CSN Retail” repulsed the attack of the FAS.

“CSN Retail” was involved in the maintenance of retail prices on tablets and smartphones Samsung.

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