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UK roofing materials sector: updates expected soon

First published by Matt on June 03, 2020 in the following categories: Cartels Industry Market Sharing Price Fixing Pricing Selling Restrictions and tagged with | | | | | | |

UK roofing materials sector

The investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that’s looking into the UK roofing materials sector remains ongoing.

We understand that more news could be issued at the end of June in-line with the current timetable in place from the CMA. So far, we have seen extensive investigations carried out over the last few years, and a formal Statement of Objections issued last year.

With an alleged cartel in place that reportedly makes up for 90% of the lead rolling market in the UK, this is a significant investigation.

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More time allowed in the supply of groundworks investigation

First published by Matt on November 20, 2019 in the following categories: Industry Market Sharing Price Fixing Pricing and tagged with | | |

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More time has been allowed for representations to be made in the supply of groundworks investigation that’s currently being undertaken by the UK’s competition regulator.

The CMA (Compensation  and Markets Authority) issued their statement of objections back in April 2019 and announced their provisional findings. The CMA confirmed that they suspect there are three suppliers who are engaging in behaviour that may distort competition in the market. Until final determinations are made, these are just allegations at this stage.

Notably, the CMA decided to continue with their investigations, so we assume that they must believe that there is some evidence to support their allegations.

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Precast concrete drainage products supply investigation: latest

First published by Matt on October 31, 2019 in the following categories: Cartels Market Sharing Price Fixing and tagged with | | | | | | |

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The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) has issued an update in the investigation into the supply of precast concrete drainage products.

The civil investigation has been ongoing since 2016 and a number of actions and steps have been taken in the three years since it was commenced.

This month, an important development has been announced which involves fines in the tens of millions for companies who have reportedly been engaging in cartel behaviour for a number of years.

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Supply of construction services competition investigation

First published by Matt on October 17, 2019 in the following categories: Investigations Latest and tagged with | | |

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The investigation started by the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) earlier this year into the supply of construction services is now set to proceed.

The decision looks to have been made after an initial information gathering exercise that has been carried out since March this year.

Given the scale of this industry, it’s another important when it comes to ensuring that there’s healthy competition in place that allows consumers to pay fair prices. Not only is competition important for keeping prices down, but it also allows players in the market to innovate in terms of efficiency and lowering costs for both products and services alike.

This can all benefit the consumer.

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Design, construction and fit-out competition case to continue

First published by Matt on September 07, 2018 in the following categories: Industry Investigations Latest and tagged with | |

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Watchdog investigations into the design, construction and fit-out competition issues is set to go on, according to a recent update published by the CMA.

The CMA – the Competition and Markets Authority – have been investigating the industry since July 2017 on the basis of suspected anti-competitive agreements that may be having an adverse effect on the market, and therefore the consumer.

A year on from the CMA’s investigations commencing, the CMA has taken the decision to extend the investigation with the view to publish a further update toward the end of the year.

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CMA investigate the design, construction and fit-out services industry

First published by Matt on March 30, 2018 in the following categories: Investigations and tagged with |

UK roofing materials sector

At the end of last year, six months on from initial investigations and information gathering, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decided to open investigations in to the ‘design, construction and fit-out services’ sector over suspicions of competition act breaches.

No conclusions have yet to emerge, and the investigations remain ongoing. However, this sector has had its fair share of investigations and breaches in the past, so we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the investigation concludes that the law has been broken in some way.
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