Brussels — Google is set to face a record-busting EU antitrust fine this week over its Android mobile operating system, but rivals hoping that an order to halt unfair business practices will help them may be disappointed. The European Commission’s decision, delayed by a week by US President Donald Trump’s visit to a Nato summit in Brussels last week, is expected on Wednesday. It comes just over a year after the commission slapped a landmark €2.4bn penalty on Google, a unit of Alphabet, for favouring its shopping service over those of competitors. The EU penalty is likely to exceed the 2017 fine because of the broader scope of the Android case, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The EU sanction comes in the midst of a trade conflict between the US and EU, which has hit back against US tariffs on European steel and aluminium by targeting $3.2bn in US exports with higher duties. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Trump in Washington DC on the trade ...

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