• OFT to investigate online price fixing

The Office of Fair Trading in the UK is to investigate alleged price fixing in the online hotel market after claims from Skoosh.com that it had been pressured to sell rooms at a standard price.

The group claimed that hotels would "email, call and threaten legal action" when they offered rooms at a discount, as part of agreements with other online agents. "Investigators will be focusing on allegations that there could be agreements or concerted practices related to fixed or minimum resale prices of hotel rooms booked online," the OFT said.

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