Retail therapy: Commission publishes preliminary report on the e-commerce sector

19 Sep 2016
By Adam Glass, Oliver Fairhurst

The European Commission has released its long-anticipated preliminary report as part of the inquiry into e-commerce launched in May 2015. The report will be of interest to any businesses involved in e-commerce, and particularly those involved in online retail and distribution of digital content. This note focuses on the implications for those involved in the manufacture, distribution and retail of consumer goods.

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