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The European Commission’s Preliminary Report and Public Conference on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry

Kevin Coates, Miranda Cole and Wesley Lepla, Covington & Burling, October 2016

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On September 15, 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the ongoing e-commerce sector inquiry. The report is based on the input from nearly 1,800 companies operating in e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content and has analyzed around 8,000 distribution contracts. The report confirms the fast growth of e-commerce in the EU and identifies business practices that may restrict or distort competition.

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