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UK: Electronics retailer tells CMA of rival price-fixing

 |  November 13, 2014

Electronics retailer Aria Technology has reportedly filed a complaint to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority accusing a manufacturer of electronic parts of price-fixing.

Reports say Aria claims components maker MSI pressured the merchant to raise the price of graphics cards after Aria offered a special, low price for the product. Aria resisted the multiple requests, the company said. Rival retailers eventually followed Aria’s pricing and lowered the price of the product themselves.

Eventually, MSI cut off ARI’s supply of the graphics cards.

In its complaint Aria argues that MSI “has not made any attempt to understand our business model and instead has put demands on us that may have actually contravened business law.” The company is accusing MSI of price-fixing in violation of competition law, according to reports.

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