Golf club manufacturer Ping Europe Limited (Ping) has long been fined 1.45 million for banning UK retailers from selling its golf equipment?online.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that Ping broke competition law by preventing 2 UK retailers from selling its golf sets on their own websites. Ping is necessary to bring the web sales ban for an end, and should not impose identical or equivalent terms on other retailers.
Whilst Ping must allow retailers selling online it could require these people to meet certain conditions before doing so. These conditions must, though, be works with competition law.
The CMA found that, while Ping was pursuing an authentic commercial aim promoting in-store custom fitting, it might have achieved this through less restrictive means.
Ann Pope, Senior Director for Antitrust enforcement, said: The web is undoubtedly an increasingly important distribution channel and retailers’ power to sell online, and reach as wide a consumer base as is feasible, really should not unduly restricted.
“The fine the CMA has imposed on Ping should work as a stern warning to companies that preventing its products from offered online could possibly be illegal.”
The level of the fine imposed on Ping reflects that your CMA found the breach of competition law happened in the context on the genuine commercial goal of promoting in-store custom fitting.