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U.K. Competition Watchdog Says Booking Sites May Be Breaking Law

  • Regulator returns to sector, three years after closing probe
  • Websites must address concerns on discounts, hidden charges
The Expedia booking app.

The Expedia booking app.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Hotel booking sites are again coming under scrutiny, three years after U.K. regulators closed an antitrust probe into contracts that may have fixed room rates.

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority told hotel-booking websites on Thursday that some uses of discount claims, hidden charges, pressure selling and online search rankings could break consumer protection law. It didn’t identify the websites.