Carlsberg and Heineken have denied allegations from Brussels that they agreed to keep a low profile in each other's home markets. The EC says it has evidence from raids on the brewers' premises that proved they had agreed to limit competition in their respective markets between 1993 and 1996. Carlsberg said talks between the two firms' bosses at that time represented "courtesy relations and ordinary business discussions". Collusion was not the cause for its failure to make significant inroads into the Dutch market ­ Heineken's home territory ­ it said. {{NEWS }}

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