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As the previous chapter has shown, the competition authorities are in principle prepared to regulate transactions between suppliers and consumers when the market power of suppliers puts consumer at a disadvantage. The functions of intermediaries between supplier and consumer raise further issues when those functions go beyond that of competing freely in the provision of services to consumers. Competition issues arise, for example, when the intermediaries themselves acquire market power, or when they are used to enhance the market power of suppliers. Under effects-based policies, however, the consequences for competition have to be balanced against any associated gains in efficiency and quality of service.
KeywordsFair Trading Competition Authority Resale Price Maintenance Resale Price Selective Distribution
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