20517056_sUK: A decision on whether to proceed with investigations into suspected anti-competitive practices in the commercial catering equipment sector has been postponed until at least June.

The UK government’s Competition and Markets Authority has again postponed a decision about suspected breaches of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  Both laws prohibit, in certain circumstances, agreements and conduct which prevent, restrict or distort competition, and conduct which constitutes an abuse of a dominant position.

The investigation was initiated at the end of August last year and a decision was originally expected in January. This has now been extended until at least June to allow for further analysis and potential further information requests and stakeholder meetings.