ACCC targets Mitsubishi over price fixing concerns

Mitsubishi Electric Australia has become embroiled in a price fixing row and has been referred to the Federal Court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The ACCC filing says the brand engaged in resale price maintenance, prohibited by the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

“Resale price maintenance occurs when a supplier induces or attempts to induce a business customer to not resell or advertise goods or services below a minimum specified price,” the ACCC said in a statement.

It says that Mitsubishi Electric breached the provisions on three occasions.

“Resale price maintenance can inhibit traders from competing for customers because they are unable to discount the price of products they sell. Such conduct is a concern to the ACCC, particularly where traders put pressure on their supplier to stop their competitors from discounting,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

The matter has been filed in the Federal Court’s South Australian registry, and will call on 13 December.