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Auchan, E. Leclerc, Modelo Continente, Pingo Doce and supplier Unilever fined €130m

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The Competition Authority (AdC) fined supermarkets Auchan, E. Leclerc, Modelo Continente and Pingo Doce, as well as joint supplier Unilever, with more than 130 million euros for a consumer price fixing scheme.

In a statement released this Wednesday, the AdC announced that it has sanctioned four supermarket chains – Auchan, E. Leclerc, Modelo Continente (of the Sonae group) and Pingo Doce (of the Jerónimo Martins group), as well as a general food supplier. home and personal care unilever.

On the issue of participation in consumer pricing scheme (PVP) of this supplier’s products.”

“The investigation led to the conclusion that through contacts made through a common supplier, without the need to communicate directly with each other, the participating distribution companies ensure that retail prices are equalized in their supermarkets, in collusion equivalent to a cartel, known in competition law terminology as a “star and hub,” the Competition Authority clarifies in a note.

The decision ends with a fine of 132 million euros.

Auchan was fined €16.19 million, Modelo Continente €50.8 million and Pingo Doce €35.7 million. Unilever will have to pay €26.6 million and E.Leclerc €2.9 million.

According to the AdC, this “practice eliminates competition by depriving consumers of better price choices, but delivering higher levels of profitability for the entire distribution chain, including supply chains and supermarkets.”

The regulator recalls that in November 2021, it adopted “a mark of illegality (charge) in this case, providing an opportunity for all companies to exercise their rights to a hearing and defense, which was duly taken into account in the final decision.”

“In this case, the AdC determined that the practice lasted nearly a decade – from 2007 to 2017 – and targeted various products from a supplier in the food, home and personal care sectors such as detergents, deodorants, ice cream, sauces. and teas,” the message says.

It also explains that since the launch of search-and-seizure procedures in large distribution companies in 2017, six supermarket chains have already been sanctioned, as well as seven conventional suppliers, for anti-competitive “hub and spoke” practices.

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AdC points out that this is the seventh sanctioning decision in a massive investigation following search and seizure procedures in 2017 that have already resulted in fines totaling more than 645 million euros.

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The fall in prices in a double dose “lightens” the Portuguese wallets. Know how much you will pay to complete the deposit

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Between rising fuel prices and falling CPI for gasoline.  Find out how much you will pay for replenishing your deposit this week

For the first time in the past five weeks, diesel fuel will follow a downward trend. And the good news is that next week, gasoline will follow the same path: according to a sector source contacted by Multinews, the main national oil companies are “focusing on reducing the price of diesel to three cents.” per litre. In the same sense, gasoline should be cheaper to 1 cent.”

Private label gas stations, which usually operate near hypermarkets, are following the trend and are reporting “a €0.0077 price decrease for petrol and €0.0273 for diesel,” another source said.

Taking into account these movements, the Government has determined an additional ISP reduction of 1.2 cents for gasoline and 0.4 cents for diesel from this Monday, which will be reflected in tax relief, the Ministry of Finance said.

It was the sixth decline in gasoline prices since the start of the year, despite having already registered 19 weeks of growth. As for diesel fuel, this is the seventh drop since January, which, however, is “contradicted” by 17 increases in 2022. During this period, the price of diesel increased by 47 cents per liter, while the price of gasoline rose by 51 cents.

This means that filling a 60-liter tank of diesel fuel costs 28.2 euros more than in January. It takes 30.6 euros more to fill up the gas tank than in the first week of the year. Remember the fuel prices at the beginning of the year: 1,501 euros for diesel and 1,665 euros for gasoline.

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This Monday, taking into account the announced break, the invoice confirming the deposit of 60 liters of diesel fuel will decrease by 1.8 euros. If you fill up the gas tank, you save 60 cents.

Data from the Directorate General of Energy and Geology (DGEG) shows that the average price of a liter of diesel fuel in Portugal is currently 2080 euros per liter, while the price of 95 gasoline is 2121 euros. The latest fuel bulletin from the European Commission states that Portugal ranks 9th in terms of the cost of gasoline 95 of the 27 countries of the European Union. Diesel takes the 10th position in the European ranking.

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Stoxx 600 at 16-month low. Portuguese debt interest below 2.5% – markets per minute

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The Stoxx 600 hit 16-month lows and is about to record the worst half since the 2008 crash.

European stocks started the session colored red, refreshing their February 2021 “benchmark” lows, fueled by fears of a possible recession, fueled by statements by US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in the US Senate.

The Stoxx 600 lost 1.25% to 400.68 points. Of the 20 sectors included in the index, energy and mining companies are suffering losses due to falling prices for oil and other raw materials. The European benchmark par excellence has already lost 19% since its peak in January, so it is one step away from a bear market.

The benchmark is even set to record the worst half since the 2008 financial crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine and hawkish central bank monetary policy to curb inflation, the world’s biggest monetary crisis, according to a Bloomberg report. tightening of the movement since the 2000s.

However, some strategists believe that part of the losses can be won back. The Stoxx 600 should end the year at 467 points, up 14% from Tuesday, according to Bloomberg’s mid-month forecast of 15.

“Now there are interesting opportunities in the medium term. The situation remains the same, but it seems that the market is starting to learn to live with it as it looks for a fund,” defended Diego Fernandez, investment director of A&G Banca Privada. in Madrid, according to Bloomberg.

In other European markets, the focus is on London, which lost 1.02% on the day of celebrations of the sixth anniversary of the Brexit referendum in 2016. After this event, the British FTSE index has already fallen by 8.7%, but now everything can change. that the London benchmark is doing better than some of its peers this year.

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Madrid loses 1.29%, Frankfurt 1.40%, Paris 1.29% and Amsterdam 1.25%. Milan fell 1.43%, while Portugal posted the most timid drop in the block (0.76%).

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Greenvolt capital increase: demand for Altri rights is 1.43 times higher than supply – Bolsa

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Altri sold all Greenvolt capital increase subscription rights it had during the two days of the offer. The company decided not to follow the increase in energy capital, thereby reducing its positions, and sold its rights to shareholders. Demand exceeded supply by 1.43 times, according to data published in Securities Market Commission (CMVM).

“The public offer for the sale of 23,154,783 subscription rights to shares of Greenvolt – Energias Renováveis, SA, put forward by Altri and Caima and the acceptance period of which took place on June 21 and 22, was accepted in full by the respective recipients (Altri’s shareholders),” he stated. “Demand for the rights under this proposal exceeded the corresponding object by 1.43 times.”

Greenvolt’s capital increase takes place until July 4, at the same time as negotiations begin on subscription rights for new shares to be issued by the company led by Joao Manso Neto. Altri, the renewable energy company’s largest shareholder (with 19.08%), said outright that it would not accompany the operation, listing more than 23 million subscription rights for sale between Monday and Wednesday.

The paper company gave shareholders the opportunity to buy the rights at a price of 0.13 euros at a discount compared to the rights traded on the stock exchange. This Thursday the rights closed session in 0.1755 euros per piece. By closing the sale of all rights, Altri managed to gain about three million euros.

The capital increase to raise €100 million is for current Greenvolt shareholders at a price of €5.62 per share, but other investors will also be able to participate by purchasing subscription rights (if they buy the rights). A new share with an underwriting ratio of 0.14659, i.e. almost seven (6.822) shares currently owned, gives the right to purchase a new share at a price of 5.62 euros.

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(News updated at 17:40)

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