EU probes online sales in electronics, video games, hotels

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators opened three investigations on Thursday into 15 companies suspected of restricting online sales of electronics, video games and hotel rooms to deny consumers choice and prevent them from buying at the lowest prices. The EU aims to boost online cross-border sales and stop "geo-blocking" – restricting offers based on a customer's location – which runs counter to its goal of a single market for digital goods and services that would underpin economic growth. "E-commerce should give consumers a wider choice of goods and services, as well as the opportunity to make purchases across borders," European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

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