The operation On 30 October 2002, the European Commission received notification of Leroy Merlin's plan to acquire control of Brico France, Brico Spain and Brico Portugal. Leroy Merlin, a French-based company controlled by the Mulliez family, which likewise controls Auchan, is also present in France and Spain, and in Portugal. Both companies basically operated in the retail sale of Do-It-Yourself products (“DIY”), decoration and home improvement items. The acquisition of Brico by Leroy Merlin will have an impact only on the French, Spanish and Portuguese markets. The information obtained by the Commission points out the strong positions held by Leroy Merlin and Brico on certain local markets in these three countries. In accordance with its practice, under Article 9 of the 1989 Merger
The French Minister of Economic Affairs clears a merger in the of Do-It-Yourself products market conditional to structural and behavioural remedies (Leroy Merlin)
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