Electricals giant DSGi had its headquarters in Hemel Hempstead raided yesterday, as part of the European Union’s investigation of chipmaker Intel.

The EU is investigating allegations that Intel abused its dominance of the market for central processing units.

A DSGi spokesman said: “I can confirm that officials from the EU Commission conducted an inspection at our retail support centre in Hemel Hempstead.”

Intel Corp’s Munich offices were also raided, as were the offices of Media Markt – the European electricals chain owned by retail giant Metro – and Fnac owner PPR.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is due to answer charges next month after claims it slashed prices below cost and offered huge rebates in an attempt to drive competitor AMD out of the market.

The EU’s antitrust watchdog has powers to fine companies up to 10 per cent of their global annual revenues for competition abuses.