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EU Confirms Intel Investigation

April 6, 2001

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ European competition officials confirmed Friday they are investigating allegations that Intel Corp. used its dominant position in computer chips to engage in abusive marketing practices.

The European Union Commission said it had received two complaints about Intel and is examining replies the U.S.-based company has provided to its questions.

The EU probe is unrelated to a three-year investigation into Intel’s business practices by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that was closed last September with no action taken.

A call to Intel’s European affairs office in Brussels was not immediately returned.

``The investigation is at a very early stage and the Commission hasn’t made any findings that Intel has actually committed an infringement of EU competition rules,″ the Commission said in a statement.

The Commission added that requests for information have been sent to several computer manufacturers and retailers. There is no strict timetable for the Commission’s investigation.

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