公平會還是不准錢櫃併好樂迪 | FTC again disapproves merger of Partyworld and Holiday

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針對錢櫃合併好樂迪案,公平會8月21日開會討論後再度禁止。(圖/NOWnews資料照) | FTC announced on Aug. 21 to ban the merger of Taiwan’s two biggest KTV companies - Partyworld and Holiday. (NOWnews)
針對錢櫃合併好樂迪案,公平會8月21日開會討論後再度禁止。(圖/NOWnews資料照) | FTC announced on Aug. 21 to ban the merger of Taiwan’s two biggest KTV companies - Partyworld and Holiday. (NOWnews)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】針對錢櫃公司與好樂迪公司合併案,公平交易委員會昨(21)日召開委員會議,決議禁止2家合併,這也是公平會第四度禁止2家事業間的結合。

The Fair Trade Commission (公平會) announced on Aug. 21 to ban the merger of Taiwan’s two biggest KTV companies – Cashbox Partyworld Co. (錢櫃), Ltd. and Holiday Co., Ltd. (好樂迪).

This would be the fourth time FTC disapproved the merger between two businesses.

公平會指出,此結合案對參與結合事業自身雖有明顯經濟利益,但參與結合事業對此結合案相關不調漲價格、不減少服務內容等承諾,無法解決結合後長期而言市場因消除主要競爭對手所產生提高價格的誘因,整體經濟利益並不明顯。因此,公平會綜合評估各項因素後,認為錢櫃與好樂迪結合案整體經濟利益明顯小於限制競爭的不利益,因此依公平交易法禁止其結合。

FTC said the companies would significantly benefit after the merger; however, promises such as vows to not raise the price or to not cut down the services couldn’t resolve the problems resulted by the fact that market lacks competitors, indicating that the aggregate economic benefit for society would be minimal and might be more to its detriment; thus, FTC disapproved the merger case based on the Fair Trade Act.

公平會為審議錢櫃與好樂迪的結合案,於6月間召開座談會,除邀請錢櫃及好樂迪與會,也邀集學者專家、相關產業主管機關、消費者保護主管機關、上下游業者及水平競爭業者,針對此結合案有關事宜充分討論,以廣納各界的意見。

To review the influences, along with Partyworld and Holiday, FTC had recruited experts from relevant industries, consumer protections field, upstream and downstream business and competitors to discuss the case in June this year. 

公平會表示,經衡酌參與結合事業在結合前即為市場上前2大業者,相互為最主要的競爭對手,結合後視聽歌唱服務市場的前2大事業直接相互競爭態勢消失,減損視聽歌唱服務市場的競爭機能,且有提高價格的高度誘因,消費者或競爭者並無法有效對抗、抑制。

FTC said, Partyworld and Holiday, the two top businesses in the field, are major rivals. If the merger were to take place, this competitive environment would disappear, further harming the market economy in the KTV industry and adding incentive to raise the price, while simultaneously weakening consumers or other competitors’ ability to withstand the trend.