Following protracted discussions with the German Federal Cartel Office, KHG GmbH & Co. KG (Krieger/Höffner group) is allowed to join the furniture purchasing cooperation, Bedarfsgüter Großhandelsgesellschaft für Wohnung GmbH (Begros). The parties were able to dispel the initial competition concerns of the Federal Cartel Office by offering innovative modifications to their original plans. The large Begros members Porta and Krieger/Höffner group will not sell the same Begros brands for several years.
Begros is one of the leading furniture purchasing cooperations in Germany. Its 16 member companies operate large furniture stores throughout Germany and to some extent in neighbouring countries as well as discount stores and online shops. A substantial share of their furniture range carries Begros’s own brands. In addition, Begros also provides its members with services in marketing, goods imports, product development, central settlement and del credere.
Krieger/Höffner group is one of the leading furniture retailers in Germany with over 30 large furniture stores and over 20 discount stores as well as several online shops. Until now it has not been a member of a purchasing cooperation.
Hengeler Mueller represented Krieger/Höffner group in the proceeding before the German Federal Cartel Office. The team included partner Christoph Stadler und senior associate Christian Dankerl (both Antitrust, Düsseldorf).