The Austrian Cartel Court fines three companies for price fixing in the food retail sector. As reported by the Austrian Competition Authority, the Cartel Court has levied fines totalling €336,000 against the Austrian breweries Hirter and Braucommune as well as AFS Franchise-Systeme, part of the Raiffeisen warehouse and trading group, for vertical price fixing in the food retail sector. Hirter and Braucommune agreed with the retailers on list prices and, particularly, promotion prices, while AFS Franchise-Systeme engaged in price fixing with beer and beverage suppliers. At the beginning of this year, four other Austrian brewers (Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, Vereinigte Kärntner Brauereien, Privatbrauerei Zwettl and Mohrenbrauerei) were fined for vertical price fixing in the food retail sector.