Google is reportedly facing a huge €3bn fine from the European Commission (EC) after its investigation into the firm's search practices.
The EC has accused Google of promoting its shopping service in internet searches at the expense of rival services in a case that has dragged on since 2010.
The Telegraph cited sources familiar with the EC’s proceedings in reporting that the €3bn penalty is coming "within weeks". The precise amount of the fine has not yet been determined, but the report claimed that it will be within the region of €3bn, less than the maximum €6.6bn that could be levied.
If correct, this would overtake the previous record of €1.1bn imposed on chip-maker Intel in 2009. The firm was accused of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour against AMD, which included direct payments to manufacturers in a bid to delay or cancel product launches that used AMD processors.
The Telegraph said that Google will also be banned from continuing to manipulate search results to favour itself and harm rivals.
V3 contacted Google for comment on The Telegraphs claims but had received no reply at the time of publication.
Google has long denied that the firm harms online competition, arguing that people have more online choice than ever.
Amit Singhal, senior vice president of Google Search, said last year: "While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways.
"If you look at shopping, an area where we have seen a lot of complaints and where the EC has focused in its Statement of Objections, it's clear that (a) there’s a ton of competition (including from Amazon and eBay, two of the biggest shopping sites in the world) and (b) Google’s shopping results have not harmed the competition.
"It's why we respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead."
The Statement of Objections issued in April 2016 said that Google's promotion of its own shopping links amounted to "illegal" abuse of its dominance in search.
This isn't the only legal issue Google faces in Europe. The EC announced plans last month to accelerate its Android antitrust investigation having reportedly sent requests for information from those complaining about Google’s mobile activity in Europe.
The case accuses Google of abusing its dominant position in the mobile operating system market by pre-installing its own services and apps on Android smartphones.
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