Auction services: anti-competitive practices

The CMA is investigating suspected breaches of competition law relating to the supply of auction services under Chapter I CA98 and/or Article 101 TFEU and/or Chapter II CA98 and/or Article 102 TFEU.

Case timetable

Date Action
May 2017 (estimate) Decision whether to proceed with the investigation or to close the investigation
November 2016 to May 2017 Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuing formal or informal information requests and receipt of parties’ responses
22 November 2016 Investigation opened

Case information

On 22 November 2016, the CMA launched an investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in respect of the supply of auction services in the UK. The investigation is under Chapters I and II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) and Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). The investigation relates to suspected anti-competitive agreement(s) or concerted practice(s) and suspected abuse of dominance in the supply of auction services in the UK, in particular, suspected exclusionary and restrictive pricing practices, including most favoured nation provisions in respect of online sales.

The CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to the party/parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections. As a result, it would not be appropriate to include any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps at this stage.

Changes to the timing of original entries in the case timetable will be made where the estimated timing changes.

The CMA has also received an application for interim measures in connection with this case.


Media contact

Simon Belgard (020 3738 6472,

Assistant Project Director

Cleo Alliston (020 3738 6669,

Project Director

Tim Capel (020 3738 6261,

Senior Responsible Officer

Michael Grenfell (020 3738 6134,

Anyone with information about suspected anti-competitive activity is encouraged to contact the CMA.

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