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 finds concerns in a digital advertising merger between two companies supplying content recommendation services to major news sites (Taboola / Outbrain)

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Competition concerns found in digital advertising merger* Taboola’s purchase of Outbrain raises competition concerns in the supply of content recommendation, a type of digital advertising. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the anticipated purchase of Outbrain (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds competition concerns in Phase I investigation of educational supplies merger (Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation / Findel Education)

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Competition concerns raised over educational supplies merger* The CMA has found that YPO’s anticipated acquisition of Findel raises competition concerns in the supply of resources to educational institutions in the UK. Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and Findel Education Limited (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that a merger in the online secondary ticketing market raises competition concerns even after accounting for the COVID-19 difficulties (StubHub / viagogo)

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Merger of viagogo and StubHub raises competition concerns* viagogo’s purchase of StubHub raises competition concerns in the online secondary ticketing market in the UK, a CMA investigation has found. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that the loss of competition brought (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority secures disqualification of pharmaceutical company director for 5 years for breaching competition law (Amit Patel / Auden McKenzie / Amilco)

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Pharma company director disqualified for competition law breaches* The CMA has secured the disqualification of pharmaceutical company director Amit Patel after he admitted his role in arrangements that broke competition law. Amit Patel has signed undertakings that ban him from holding a (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds competition concerns in merger of 2 leading wholesalers offering a wide range of commercial vehicle and trailer part types (Universal Components / 3G)

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Commercial vehicle and trailer parts merger raises competition concerns* Universal Components’ purchase of 3G raises competition concerns in the wholesale supply of commercial vehicle and trailer parts, a CMA investigation has found. Universal Components UK Limited (Universal Components), (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority consults on commitments offered by two major airlines in the Atlantic Joint Business Agreement to resolve competition concerns over airline routes with consideration for the effects of COVID-19 pandemic (American Airlines / British Airways)

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CMA consults on BA and American Airlines commitments* British Airways and American Airlines have offered commitments to resolve the CMA’s competition concerns over an agreement about airline routes between the UK and US. The airlines will make slots available at London Heathrow or Gatwick (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority blocks sports-fashion merger finding that even with COVID-19 significantly impacting the relevant sector there would still be negative effects on the competition if the merger proceeded (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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CMA blocks sports-fashion merger* The CMA has blocked JD Sports’ purchase of close competitor Footasylum after finding it would leave shoppers worse off. Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that this transaction would lead to a (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears merger between 2 hospital trusts, finding that the way they are funded creates little incentive to compete, and releasing them from their 10-year commitment not to merge (Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust / Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

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CMA clears NHS hospital trusts merger* The CMA has cleared the proposed merger between The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In 2013, the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) predecessor, the Competition Commission, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears merger between 2 online food delivery undertakings ahead of the statutory deadline for decision despite COVID-19 pandemic (Just Eat / Takeaway.com)

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CMA gives Just Eat and Takeaway.com deal the green light* The CMA has cleared the £6.2 billion merger between 2 food delivery companies. Just Eat plc (Just Eat) is one of the main food delivery firms in the UK market, while Takeaway.com N.V (Takeaway.com) operates in 11 countries overseas, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clarifies its general approach to assessing mergers and its specific approach to assessing "failing firm" claims during the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19: CMA approach to merger assessments* The CMA has today provided more detail on its general approach to assessing mergers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following its statement about working practices issued on 18 March, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears acquisition of an online food delivery business by a global online shopping company to prevent it from bankruptcy likely to happen due to economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak (Amazon / Deliveroo)

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CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo* In light of a deterioration in Deliveroo’s financial position as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), the CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo. After completing an initial, Phase 1, investigation, the Competition (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority blocks merger between online airline booking providers despite their sector being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak (Sabre / Farelogix)

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CMA blocks airline booking merger* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has blocked Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix. Among other products and services, Sabre and Farelogix supply software solutions which help airlines to sell flights via travel agents including those that (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority states that a private hospital merger will be cleared if it can address local competition concerns, and recognizes the difficulty faced by merging parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Circle Health / BMI Healthcare)

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Private hospital merger to be approved if local concerns addressed* The CMA has found that the completed merger between Circle and BMI does not raise UK-wide competition concerns but could reduce competition in 2 local areas. Both Circle and BMI provide elective care to NHS and privately (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority recognizes that merging construction companies might be heavily affected by COVID-19 pandemic, but still requires them to address competition concerns before clearing the merger (Kingspan / Building Solutions)

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Construction products merger raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Kingspan’s anticipated purchase of Building Solutions raises competition concerns in the supply of specialist insulation panels. Kingspan is the leading provider in the UK of standard foam sandwich panels, which (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority releases provisional findings of its review of air traffic control charges and invites views from stakeholders on how it should take account of the impact of COVID-19 in its final determination (CAA / NERL)

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CMA review of air traffic control charges* The CMA has released and is consulting on its provisional findings into a dispute between the CAA and NERL regarding air traffic control charges. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has acted as the independent body charged with looking into (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority launches a COVID-19 taskforce to ensure compliance in markets affected by the public health emergency and to advise the Government on competition law matters during the outbreak

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CMA launches COVID-19 taskforce* The CMA is today launching a taskforce to tackle negative impacts within its remit of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge that has prompted many concerns that businesses might exploit the situation (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority writes an open letter to the pharmaceutical and food and drink industries warning them not to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak to charge prices that might be deemed excessive

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): CMA open letter to pharmaceutical and food and drink industries.* The Competition and Markets Authority has published an open letter for businesses in the pharmaceutical and food and drink industries. Details We have written an open letter to the pharmaceutical and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority welcomes the Governments’ relaxation of competition law for supermarkets during the COVID-19 outbreak and promises no enforcement action against businesses engaging in cooperation to supply essential products and services

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COVID-19: CMA approach to essential business cooperation* The CMA is very conscious of concerns that competition law enforcement could impede necessary cooperation between businesses to deal with the current crisis and ensure security of supplies of essential products and services, such as (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority switches to telework, suspends almost all physical shipments of documents, but promises to continue processing cases by set deadlines amid COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19: CMA working arrangements* Along with other businesses and organisations, the CMA continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 and has adjusted its working arrangements in response. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned above all to ensure the safety and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines three construction companies for price-fixing, market sharing and exchange of information (Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM / FP McCann)

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Construction firms fined £36 million for breaking competition law* The CMA has issued 3 firms with fines totalling more than £36 million for breaking competition law in supplying certain concrete drainage products for building projects. Following an investigation by the Competition and Markets (...)

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 Competition Authority’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 statements of objection to a pharmaceutical company and its distributors suspected of abuse of 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 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 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 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 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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