CMA publishes open letter on restricting online resale prices

Suppliers and retailers will be interested in the publication of an open letter written by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on restricting online resale prices. This follows the CMA’s decisions in May 2016 to impose substantial fines on suppliers in the bathroom fittings and commercial catering equipment sectors. The CMA found that the suppliers had illegally engaged in online resale price maintenance (RPM) with some of their retailers, specifying the minimum prices that the retailers could advertise for sales of the suppliers’ products over the internet.