EU antitrust officials today raid offices from Intel in Swindon, England and Munich, Germany along with offices from some computer manufacturers and distributors like Dell. These inspections were caried out within the framework of the EU's antitrust case against Intel.
Intel told the press it is cooperating fully with the investigators and that they firmly believe that their business practices are fair and lawful.
"Our normal business practice is to cooperate, and we are doing (that) so far in this case," Intel representative Chuck Mulloy told CNET News.com. "We firmly believe that our business practices are fair and lawful."
"It is really a European Commission matter," said an OFT spokeswoman. She said the inspection was likely to have been carried out under article 81 of the EU Treaty, which prohibits price fixing and other distortions of competition within the EU. The spokeswoman could not confirm whether anything was removed from Intel's offices.