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Update on sector inquiry into food industry: AFCA questions price comparison sites

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority (AFCA) sent questions to seven price comparison sites on 22 June 2023 in connection with its inquiry into the food industry.

The questions are designed to gain an insight into market circumstances and data transparency from the perspective of these price comparison sites.

Price comparison sites help consumers to get a quick overview of prices. Quick price comparisons can increase transparency from the consumers’ point of view and generally contribute to the strengthening of competition.

At present, these Austrian sites vary greatly in size. Some of these transparency initiatives are currently only offered in Austria by private individuals on a non-commercial basis.

The AFCA sent questions to seven of the more well-known price comparison sites in order to better understand how they work, how they collect data and their factual and legal framework conditions.

Steps taken in the food industry inquiry so far: