The CMA has fined Ping £1.45 million for preventing two UK retailers from selling its golf clubs on their website. Whilst the CMA accepted that Ping was pursuing a genuine commercial aim of promoting in-store customer fitting, it could have achieved this via other means. Ping is required to bring the online sales ban to an end.
The CMA’s finding in this case could have wide ranging impacts for companies that seek to limit the manner in which their goods are sold.
The CMA’s press release can be read here: CMA fines Ping
The full judgment will be published in due course.