Aniesa considers that these practices, identified in several establishments of the capital during the operation 'Low Prices', weaken the economy of the country and harm, essentially, the consumer.
Some economists, in statements to Angop, share the same view of the authority. According to the specialists, the anti-competitive practices leave the market unfit to deliver the best products and services.
At issue are practices such as monopoly, in which a company controls the market or a certain sector, being the only supplier of a certain product or service. Oligopoly is also one such practice and concerns a small number of sellers for a multitude of buyers. There is also the cartel, in which there is a collaborative agreement to dominate the market for a basket of goods, setting prices and limiting competition.
Under the campaign, which ended last Friday, May 14, 70 inspections were carried out in commercial establishments.
According to Aniesa, quoted by Angop, the main violations are related to the lack of structure for price calculations, the lack of purchase invoice and import process.
As for the cases of speculation on prices of products, 20 relevant cases were identified as well as 40 signs of price increase. It also identified the existence of anti-competitive practices (monopoly, oligopoly and cartel).
In view of the violations, the authority imposed fines of up to 500 million kwanzas and opened 10 criminal proceedings.
Under the campaign, it was possible to lower the price of some goods. This is the case of Jaguar and Bsrat rice, of 25 kilos, which went down from 12.400 to 11.362 kwanzas. A bag of flour of 10 kilos now costs 5500 kwanzas, against the previous 5800.