Retailers Lining Up, Eager to Lodge Antitrust Complaints, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

CNNmone7.2.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsNewsmax and other media outlets are reporting this evening that there are several retailers forging an alliance to take on Amazon – a company that Berkshire Hathaway reportedly has about a billion dollar stake in, and is involved in factory-built housing and numerous other businesses, and Google. On a day when the markets rose, and another record fell on the S&P, that antitrust move – and what it might imply for manufactured housing professionals – will be our featured report for this evening.


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“A leading U.S. retail group, whose members include Walmart Inc., is eager to aid antitrust enforcers that are poised to investigate whether Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google are harming competition,” reports right-of-center Newsmax today.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) also represents Target Corp., Best Buy and others. RILA said it’s prepared to present their concerns to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. The two federal agencies have antitrust oversight of Silicon Valley and other companies when it comes to antitrust regulations.

It’s pretty clear to us that the FTC and different relevant regulators should be taking a much closer look at these platform companies,” said Nicholas Ahrens, vice president of innovation for RILA, in an interview. “We are here to help.”

RILA joins a growing number of companies, including Oracle Corp., Yelp Inc., Tripadvisor, Inc. and News Corp. – parent to Fox News – that have raised concerns about competitive harm from dominant technology platforms.

The retailers’ group has already laid out its views on competition issues to the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee, which is also investigating the technology industry, Ahrens said.

The trade group wrote a letter to the FTC dated Sunday, arguing that the tech platforms create an “information bottleneck” that has the power to skew markets and circumvent the traditional power of price competition.

That same bottleneck arguably impacts other industries, including manufactured housing. As was noted at the top, it is prudent to observe the cross ties between Berkshire Hathaway and several tech giants.

It should be “quite concerning to the commission that Amazon and Google control the majority of all internet product search, and can very easily affect whether and how price and product information actually reaches consumers,” the trade group said in a letter responding to a series of hearings the agency held on competition policy.

Representatives for Amazon and Google reportedly didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The FTC has claimed oversight of probes of Facebook Inc. and Amazon, while the Justice Department is set to scrutinize Google and Apple Inc., left-of-center Bloomberg has reported. Separately, the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee kicked off a broad antitrust investigation into the technology industry last month with a hearing on how Google and Facebook have affected the news industry.

Yesterday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, President Donald J. Trump spoke about antitrust topics, naming the companies also cited in this report. For more on that, see the related reports, below. Further, several 2020 Democratic hopefuls have raised the issue. See that in the second linked report below.

It should be noted that MHProNews is by far the most prominent trade publication that is tracking monopolistic and antitrust concerns as it may relate to manufactured housing, along with our sister publication. While a battle with a firm like the FAANGs Berkshire Hathaway, or Microsoft would no doubt be protracted, it would not be a surprise if those stocks dropped once a case is formally opened.

MHProNews has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).




Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

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