UK Competition Authority

British Competition Authority - CMA (London)

The Competition and Markets Authority works to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK. Its aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy. From 1 April 2014 Competition and Markets Authority took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission (CC) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

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UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority raises competition concerns regarding a merger in the markets of supply of IT systems used by airlines and travel agents to sell airline tickets (Sabre / Farelogix)

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Sabre’s takeover of Farelogix raises competition concerns* Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix raises competition concerns in the supply of IT systems used by airlines and travel agents to sell airline tickets. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the proposed (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that four pharmaceutical companies broke competition law by fixing the quantities and the prices of an anti-depressant drug (Auden Mckenzie / King / Alissa / Lexon)

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Suppliers of antidepressants accused of illegal anti-competitive conduct* The CMA has provisionally found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke competition law in relation to the supply of an anti-depressant drug. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accused competitors King and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that four pharmaceutical companies broke competition law by agreeing not to compete in the supply of an anti-nausea drug (Alliance Pharmaceuticals / Focus / Lexon / Medreich)

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Drug firms accused of illegal market sharing over anti-nausea tablets* The CMA has provisionally found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke the law by agreeing not to compete in the supply of an anti-nausea drug in the UK. In a statement of objections issued today, the Competition and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority secures the disqualification of two former director having participated to a cartel aimed to fix or coordinate prices and share out the market for certain pre-cast concrete drainage products (PM / Stanton Bonna / FP McCann)

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Construction cartel directors disqualified* The CMA has secured the disqualification of 2 former directors of CPM Group Ltd following CPM’s admission that it breached competition law. The move follows the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) statement of objections issued on 13 December (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority prohibits a merger between two supermarket retailers after finding it would lead to increased prices in stores, online and at many petrol stations (Sainsbury’s / Asda)

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CMA blocks merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda* The CMA has blocked the Sainsbury’s / Asda merger after finding it would lead to increased prices in stores, online and at many petrol stations across the UK. In its final report, published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears a wet-lease agreement between two airlines for the operation of flights between London City airport and Dublin (Aer Lingus / CityJet)

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Aer Lingus / CityJet deal cleared for take-off* Aer Lingus’ deal with CityJet for the London City airport to Dublin route has been cleared after a CMA probe. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today cleared an agreement under which Aer Lingus has taken over scheduled passenger (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority provisionally finds that three drainage product manufacturers participated to illegal cartel (FP McCann / Derbyshire-based Stanton Bonna Concrete / Somerset-based CPM Group)

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Two construction firms admit to illegal cartel* The CMA has provisionally found that 3 drainage product manufacturers broke competition law by co-ordinating prices for customers and sharing the market. Two of the businesses – Derbyshire-based Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd and Somerset-based CPM (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines an airports for restricting competition on parking prices in a lease with the operator of a Terminal hotel (Heathrow / Arora)

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Heathrow and Arora admit to anti-competitive car park agreement* Heathrow airport will pay a £1.6m fine for restricting competition on parking prices in a lease with the operator of a Terminal 5 hotel. The fine to be imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), comes after its (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the decision of the Competition Authority fining a manufacturer of golf clubs for banning online retail of its products (Ping)

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Win in Ping golf clubs case sends clear online retail signal* The Competition Appeal Tribunal has upheld the CMA’s decision that Ping Europe Ltd broke the law by banning the online sale of its golf clubs. This landmark case sends an important signal that attempts by manufacturers to impose (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that a pharmaceutical company has broken competition law by charging excessive prices to the NHS for hydrocortisone tablets (Actavis)

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Pharmaceutical company accused of overcharging NHS* The pharmaceutical company Actavis UK (formerly Auden Mckenzie) has increased the price of 10mg hydrocortisone tablets by over 12,000% compared to the branded version of the drug which was sold by a different company prior to April 2008. For (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority fines online retailers for using automated repricing software to implement an illegal cartel (Trod / GB Posters)

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Online seller admits breaking competition law* An online seller has agreed to accept a fine after admitting using automated repricing software to implement an illegal cartel. Trod Limited has admitted agreeing with one of its competing online sellers, GB eye Limited (trading as ‘GB Posters’), (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Supreme Court confirms the CMA’s decision to treat an acquisition of 3 ferries and related assets as a merger (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink)

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CMA welcomes Supreme Court judgment in Eurotunnel case* The CMA has welcomed the judgment by the Supreme Court to uphold its appeal in the Eurotunnel case. In the judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took the correct approach (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority opens an in-depth investigation regarding a merger in the computer-based testing sector after considering proposed remedies to be insufficient (Pearson / Learndirect)

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CMA refers computer-based testing merger for in-depth investigation* The CMA has referred Pearson VUE’s anticipated acquisition of learndirect’s computer-based testing business for a phase 2 investigation. Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that it would refer (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority issues statement of objections to a pharmaceutical company and its distributor suspected of abuse of dominance dominance in the market of phenytoin sodium capsules (Pfizer / Flynn)

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CMA issues statement of objections to Pfizer and Flynn Pharma in anti-epilepsy drug investigation* The CMA has today issued a statement of objections to the pharmaceutical suppliers Pfizer and Flynn Pharma alleging that they have breached competition law. The Competition and Markets (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority decides to open an in-depth investigation in the market of processing of animal by-products in an effort to obtain acceptable remedies (Linergy / UFBP)

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Rendering merger faces in-depth investigation unless undertakings offered* Linergy’s acquisition of Ulster Farm By-Products will be referred for an in-depth phase 2 investigation unless acceptable undertakings are offered. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority accepts to proceed with a fast track reference of the merger to phase 2 concerning a merger involving the largest suppliers of fixed communications services and mobile communications services (BT / EE)

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BT/EE merger fast-tracked to phase 2 investigation* The CMA has today referred BT Group plc’s anticipated acquisition of EE Limited for an in-depth phase 2 investigation. BT and EE are, respectively, the largest suppliers of fixed communications services and mobile communications services in (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority clears a merger, following an in-depth investigation in the market of chilled savoury pastry (Pork Farms Caspian / Kerry Foods)

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CMA confirms clearance of Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger* The CMA has today cleared the completed acquisition by Pork Farms Caspian of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods. This confirms April’s provisional findings by the group of Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority provisionally judges that an anticipated merger between pharmaceuticals enterprises could lead to higher prices in the personal lubricants market (Reckitt Benckiser / Johnson & Johnson)

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CMA sets out provisional concerns over lubricants merger* The CMA has provisionally found that Reckitt Benckiser’s anticipated acquisition of the K-Y brand could lead to higher prices for personal lubricants. Reckitt Benckiser (RB) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) supply personal lubricants (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority publishes an updated issues statement of its investigation concerning the market of the supply of personal current accounts and retail banking services to SMEs

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CMA publishes updated issues statement in banking market investigation* The CMA has today published an updated issues statement as part of its investigation into the supply of personal current accounts and retail banking services to SMEs. The updated issues statement summarises the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority seeks permission to appeal in a case regarding trans-channel ferry transport services (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink)

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CMA seeks permission to appeal in Eurotunnel case* The CMA today announced that it will seek permission to appeal following last week’s Court of Appeal judgment in the Eurotunnel case. The judgment upheld a challenge to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) jurisdiction over (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority fines an association of estate and lettings agents, three of its members and a newspaper publisher for implementing an anticompetitive agreement following a settlement proceedings (Castles / Hamptons International / Waterfords)

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Companies fined over £775,000 in CMA investigation into advertising of agents’ fees* An association of estate and lettings agents in Hampshire, three of its members and a newspaper publisher have admitted breaching competition law and have agreed to pay penalties totalling over £775,000. The (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Court of Appeal upholds the judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal requiring an airline to reduce its minority shareholding in rival airline (Ryanair / Aer Lingus)

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CMA welcomes Court of Appeal Judgment on Ryanair/Aer Lingus* The CMA welcomes today’s judgment by the Court Of Appeal dismissing Ryanair’s challenge on all 3 grounds. The judgment followed an appeal by Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair) against an earlier decision made by the Competition Appeal (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority spurs an undertaking specialized in rail services to offer merger remedies in order to resolve competition concerns and to avoid an in-depth merger investigation (ICRL)

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Stagecoach/Virgin consortium given chance to resolve limited competition concerns arising from the East Coast rail franchise award* ICRL, a subsidiary jointly owned by Stagecoach and Virgin Trains, has the chance to avoid an in-depth merger investigation into its successful bid to run the East (...)

UK Competition Authority The Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the merger decision of the UK Competition and Markets Authority in a maritime transport case (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink)

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The CMA has welcomed today’s judgment by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to uphold the CMA’s decision to bar Eurotunnel from running its MyFerryLink service out of Dover, to safeguard competition.* The CAT’s judgment dismissed an appeal by Eurotunnel and Société Coopérative de Production de (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority hands a provisional decision and proposes solutions to resolve competition concerns on the payday lending market

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CMA sets out proposals to lower payday loan costs* The CMA has set out proposals to increase price competition between payday lenders and help borrowers get a better deal. These proposals have been developed in light of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) price cap proposals announced this (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority makes an order in the audit market and imposes some measures responding to competition problems in this sector

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published the final order that will put into action major changes in the UK statutory audit market for large companies.* The changes follow the Competition Commission’s (CC’s) report into the market published last year which set out changes (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Office concludes that a general terms of agreement of an association of insurers restricts competition (Association of British Insurers)

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Association of British Insurer’s General Terms of Agreement* On 13 November 2002, the ABI notified its GTA between insurers and credit hire organisations (CHOs) to the OFT for a decision that the GTA did not fall within the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 (’the Act’) or, in the (...)

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