$2 mlllion Fine for Monopolistic Concentration

Following the purchase of the Costa Rican company Atlas, the Mexican group Mabe has near total monopoly of the household appliances sector.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Commission to Promote Competition in Costa Rican’s Ministry of Economy, found that after the acquisition of Atlas, there was a 'prohibited concentration", according to the law to promote competition and consumer protection.

"According to analysis by COPROCOM, Mabe practically dominates the market single handily in the sale of cookers and refrigerators ‘of a certain size’ in Costa Rica, which is having a ‘negative impact’ on this market, especially for consumers", reported Prensalibre.com

In a consultation with the Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion, the general manager of Mabe Costa Rica, Diego Artiñano said that he believes the sanction imposed is excessive and that it would be appealed.

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