Google has been ordered to pay a record fine of £2.1bn (€2.42bn) for abusing its dominance as a search engine.
The European competition watchdog says the search engine, owned by parent company Alphabet, breached anti-trust rules with its online shopping service.
It said Google’s search engine had systematically given prominence to its own comparison shopping service, so that it was displayed at or near the top of search results.
The company has been ordered to end the conduct at the centre of the European Commission probe or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily turnover of Alphabet.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said Google’s innovative products and services had been “a good thing” but that its strategy for attracting customers to its online shopping service was not just about being better than rivals.