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 user 2008-02-13 at 1:20:00 pm Views: 41
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    EU raids Intel Germany over suspected antitrust violations
    Germany said the European Commission has raided its premises in Munich,
    declining to specify further.A spokeswoman for Intel Germany declined
    to elaborate which reasons the EU commission gave as a basis for the
    inspection. She said the raid is still ongoing and that Intel Germany
    is fully cooperating with the Commission.The Commission said earlier it
    raided the premises of an unnamed computer chip manufacturer in Germany
    over suspected antitrust abuses.

    A Commission spokesman said the
    EU executive has also raided the offices of several unnamed computer
    retailers, declining to provide further details.In a statement, the EU
    executive added: ‘The Commission has reason to believe that the
    companies concerned may have violated … rules on restrictive business
    practices and/or abuse of a dominant market position.’

    The Commission said there is no deadline for completion of the inquiry.
    officials were accompanied by counterparts from relevant national
    competition authorities.In July last year, six years after the inquiry
    opened, the commission sent charges to Intel for alleged abuse of its
    market dominance over rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc (nyse: AMD -
    news – people ) (AMD) in the computer processing units (CPU) sector.The
    EU executive said then that it believes Intel provided substantial
    rebates to various original equipment manufacturers (OEM) on the
    condition that they obtain all, or the great majority, of their CPU
    requirements from Intel.The commission claimed Intel made payments to
    induce an OEM to either delay or cancel the launch of a product line
    incorporating an AMD-based CPU.In addition, the commission believes
    Intel offered CPUs at below-average cost.

    Intel has denied all the charges.
    the charges are confirmed, the commission could impose a fine up to 10
    pct of Intel’s global annual sales.AMD filed a complaint to the
    commission in Oct 2000, alleging that Intel illegally exploits its
    position as the world’s dominant chip maker. The commission’s
    investigation opened the following year.