United Kingdom

On behalf of the team

On 16 December 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) issued a statement of objections to Dar Lighting Limited (Dar),[1] which supplies domestic lighting products. According to a provisional conclusion of the CMA, between 2017 and 2019, Dar restricted retailers’ freedom to set their own prices online between 2017 and 2019, requiring them to sell at – or above – a minimum price and so preventing them from offering discounts. The CMA’s findings are provisional and no final decision has been made about whether there has been a breach of competition law.

[1] Press release CMA of 16 December 2021, ‘CMA provisionally finds lighting firm illegally banned discounts’