Swiss body extends Swatch watch components measures

ZURICH - The Swiss competition commission said it will extend measures for Swatch Group to supply mechanical components to competitors through 2013.


Photo: Swatch

"This move was necessary because the lead time for ordering watch components are usually several months, but the probe against Swatch cannot be concluded by mid-year," the competition commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

The regulatory measures form part of a Swiss investigation into Swatch opened last June, probing the relationship Swatch has with competitors it sells watch components to.

The Biel-based luxury goods firm, which is seeking to reduce the proportion of components it supplies to competitors, wasn't available for comment.

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