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Retailers’ attitudes towards cross-border trade and consumer protection 2016 Final Report

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Retailers’ attitudes towards cross-border trade and consumer protection 2016 Main Report

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION ............................................................................. 6 KEY FINDINGS ............................................................................ 10 DETAILED RESULTS ..................................................................... 13 1.

Knowledge And Trust ...................................................................13 1.1. Retailers’ knowledge of consumer rights ...................................... 13 1.2. Trust of retailers....................................................................... 31

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Compliance and Enforcement .......................................................37 2.1. Unfair commercial practices ....................................................... 37 2.2. Compliance with consumer legislation ......................................... 56 2.3. Enforcement of consumer and product safety regulation ................ 66

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Complaints and Dispute Resolution ..............................................80 3.1 Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms ......................... 80 3.2 Consumer complaints ................................................................ 84

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Retailers in the Digital Single Market ......................................... 102 4.1. Domestic and cross-border online sales ..................................... 102 4.2. Drivers of, and barriers to e-commerce ..................................... 120

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