October 5, 2018 / 5:24 PM / 10 months ago

Italy' antitrust opens probe over Luxottica's acquisition of Barberini

The Luxottica's headquaters is seen in downtown Milan, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian antitrust authority said on Friday it had opened a probe into Luxottica’s LUX.MI acquisition of top sun lens maker Barberini.

Luxottica, the world’s largest spectacles manufacturer, completed this week its merger with France’s Essilor ESSI.PA, the biggest lens maker globally.

The Italian group in June announced it had bought Barberini, the world’s top manufacturer of optical glass sun lenses, in a 140 million euro ($161 million) deal.

The antitrust said in a document on its website EssilorLuxottica and Barberini would control 65-70 percent of the Italian sunglasses market.

“Barberini’s positioning ... leads one to believe that such a concentration could significantly hamper competition ... creating or strengthening a dominant position,” it said.

Luxottica had no immediate comment.

Reporting by Alberto Sisto, writing by Valentina Za

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