St Anton ski shops guilty of price fixing

11th June 2015, by Abi Butcher

Four ski shops in St Anton have been fined €419,200 (nearly £305,000)

Four ski shops in St Anton have been fined €419,200 (nearly £305,000)

Four ski shops in the Austrian resort of St Anton have been fined €419,200 (nearly £305,000) between them after being found guilty of fixing prices for the past 12 years.

On 28 April, the Cartel Court found four shops — Sport Pangratz & Ess, Alber Sport, Sport Jennewein Martin and Sport Fauner — guilty of anti-competitive price fixing of winter sports equipment and related services such as equipment rental and ski servicing, between 1 July 2002 and 4 March 2014.

The companies were fined individually between €11,200 (Sport Fauner) and €144,000 (Sport Pangratz & Ess), but it was stressed in court that no hotels and travel companies partnered with the shops were involved.

Ski shops in other Austrian ski resorts are now being investigated by the Federal Competition Authority (BWB).

Where to Ski and Snowboard has contacted the St Anton Tourist Office for comment but we have not yet received a reply.

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