China anti-trust regulator raids Microsoft, Accenture

SAIC also raided Dalian offices of IT consultancy Accenture.

By: Reuters | Beijing | Published: August 7, 2014 1:42 am

A Chinese anti-trust regulator conducted new raids on Microsoft Corp and partner in China Accenture PLC, the agency said on its website on Wednesday, after saying last week Microsoft is under investigation for anti-trust violations.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) raided offices in Beijing, Liaoning, Fujian and Hubei, it said. The SAIC also raided the Dalian offices of IT consultancy Accenture, to whom Microsoft outsources financial work, according to the regulator.

“We’re serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns,” a Beijing-based Microsoft spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement.

We can confirm that, as required by Chinese laws, we are cooperating with investigators of the SAIC and are helping provide them with certain information related to one of our clients,,” Accenture Greater China said in an e-mailed statement, declining to elaborate.

Microsoft has been suspected of violating China’s anti-monopoly law since June last year in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software, the SAIC said last week.

… says will punish Audi, Chrysler 

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: China said it will punish foreign car makers Audi and Chrysler as well as some 10 Japanese spare-part makers for violating the country’s anti-monopoly law.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), responsible for enforcing rules against anti-competitive pricing, said on Wednesday that it had found Fiat SpA’s Chrysler in Shanghai and Volkswagen ‘s Audi in Hubei to be engaging in monopolistic behaviour.

The government has also completed investigations into 12 Japanese auto-parts makers and will mete out punishment to those found to be breaking the anti-monopoly law, Li Pumin, spokesman of the NDRC, said at a press conference in Beijing.

The NDRC did not identify the spare-part makers and did not say how many of them would be punished.

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