The Autogrill-Ristop proceedings end without administrative sanctions

Monday, July 28, 2003

Milan, 28 July 2003 - Autogrill respectfully accepts today’s decision of the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Italian Antitrust Authority), which ended proceedings regarding alleged abuse of a dominant position relating to the proposed acquisition of Ristop (a proposal which was not concluded, however, following the veto of the same Antitrust Authority).
The company is satisfied regarding the fact that the Authority did not impose any administrative sanctions, having acknowledged that Autogrill’s proposal gave rise to no severe breach of the antitrust regulations.
The decision thereby does justice to the serious and groundless charges which were brought by Compass, world leader in industrial foodservice, which had initiated proceedings with its complaint and had requested that Autogrill be heavily sanctioned.