HERZOGENAURACH, Germany May 7 The German cartel
office is taking a closer look at the online sales practices of
Adidas, which has banned some sellers from offering
its products via sites like Ebay and Amazon.
The watchdog said on Tuesday such restrictions could hinder
online sales and it was starting a web-based survey of around
3,000 retailers which sell Adidas products through stores or
Adidas last year said it had removed Ebay and Amazon from
its network as it wanted its products to be sold only via expert
and specialist retailers.
A spokesman for Adidas said the group had no doubt about the
legality of its conditions and it had already answered questions
from the cartel office on the matter.
Sneaker maker Asics was the subject of a similar probe last
year. It said at the time only authorised sellers which met its
criteria could sell its products.
The cartel office said on Tuesday the investigations were
ongoing and it had received complaints against other brands.