CRH's Swiss businesses face $130 mln in fines from competition watchdog

DUBLIN Fri May 30, 2014 12:17pm EDT

DUBLIN May 30 (Reuters) - Swiss subsidiaries of CRH face fines of up to 119 million Swiss francs ($133 million) over alleged infringements of competition law, the Irish building materials company said on Friday.

The fines are part of a total 283 million Swiss francs in fines proposed against companies in the bathroom fittings industry in Switzerland, the statement said.

CRH said it viewed the proposed fine as unjustified and said the position of the Swiss competition watchdog is "fundamentally ill-founded." It said it would prepare a response to the allegations.

Shares in CRH, which had annual sales of 18 billion euros ($24.56 billion)last year, closed down 1.62 percent on the London Stock Exchange. ($1 = 0.8940 Swiss Francs) ($1 = 0.7328 Euros) (Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by David Goodman)