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Pingo Doce will challenge in court the fine imposed by the antimonopoly authority

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Pingo Doce will challenge in court the fine imposed by the antimonopoly authority

Pingo Doce announced today that it will challenge the €35.7 million fine of the Competition Authority (AdC) in court, deeming it “an unfair and undeserved decision”.

“Pingo Doce confirms that it has received from the Antimonopoly Office another decision to impose a fine, within the previous ones. This decision is also unfair and undeserved and therefore, like the previous ones, it will be appealed in court in order to restore the veracity of the facts,” the message says. supermarket chain sent to Luce.

The group also claims that nothing “will prevent it (…) from continuing to offer the Portuguese the biggest discounts, the best prices and promotional opportunities, as it has always been.”

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

In a statement released today, the AdC says 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 the general food supplier Home. Care and Unilever personal care products, which included participation “in a consumer pricing (PVP) scheme for this vendor’s products.”

“The investigation concluded that through contacts established through a common supplier, without the need for direct communication with each other, the participating distribution companies ensure the equalization of retail prices in their supermarkets, in collusion equivalent to a cartel, known in competition law terminology as a “hub and knitting needle, ”AdC clarifies in a note.

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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 for almost a decade – from 2007 to 2017 – and targeted several 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.

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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Roaming stays free in Europe for another 10 years and brings improvements

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One of the most important changes that have taken place in recent years in the field of telecommunications has been the abandonment of roaming in Europe. This scenario ensures that we can be located in any country in the European Union without paying extra for a single call.

The guarantee of the success of this process is its use from the moment of its implementation. Now it has been updated and is guaranteed for another 10 years with some new features and improvements that make it even more attractive and useful for users.


The new roaming regime in the European Union (EU) came into effect on Friday. This will allow people on the go to make phone calls, send messages and surf the Internet at no extra charge.

New Roaming rules, which entered into force on July 1, applies to the EU countries, as well as the European Economic Area, which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. This is until 2032 limiting the cost of using mobile phones while roaming in Europe.

The new rules set a limit of two euros per gigabyte (GB) for data services this year, which will drop to 1.8 euros (euros)/GB in 2023. This value will continue to fall to 1 EUR/GB in 2027 for wholesale. rates.

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In addition to this service definition, there are also some important changes. Operators offering mobile services must guarantee consumers access to 4G or 5G networks when available in the country in which they are traveling.

For voice services the limits are 0.022 EUR/minute in 2022-2024 and 0.019 EUR/minute from 2025, while for messages (SMS) the maximum value is 0.004 EUR/SMS in 2022-2024 and 0.003 EUR/SMS from 2025 . .

It is with these rules that users will be able to visit any country in the European Union and receive prices that are practiced in their country of origin. These new rules will be in effect until 2032, guaranteeing this scenario without any restrictions.

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Inflation in Portugal for the first time since 2017 exceeded the European one. Tourism is to blame – ECO

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Airbus announces major order of nearly 300 aircraft for four Chinese airlines

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Airbus announces major order of nearly 300 aircraft for four Chinese airlines

European manufacturer Airbus has just announced a massive order for nearly 300 aircraft for Chinese airlines.


The official statement from the manufacturer says that an agreement has been signed with Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Shenzhen Airlines for 292 aircraft of the A320 family, which includes A319, A320 and A321. This is the first major purchase made by Chinese companies since the outbreak of the pandemic, which had its initial epicenter in the Asian country.

It is not specified how many units of each model and how the division between the companies will occur, but it is expected that all of these will be variants of the Neo with the new engine that are already working in the mentioned companies.

Airbus currently dominates China’s single-aisle commercial aircraft market, despite Boeing having a larger presence given the larger number of twin-aisle aircraft.

In turn, the country has 2,070 aircraft of a European manufacturer, in addition to the plant in Tianjin, where aircraft of the A320 family are assembled, and there is also a finishing line for the A330 family. Another Airbus presence is the helicopter division with an assembly line for the H135 in Qingdao.


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