The Italian Competition Authority clears the acquisition of the sole control of Castorama Italia by Groupe Adeo, concerning the market for the retail sale of do-it-yourself products (Groupe Adeo/Castorama Italia)

Background On 29 January 2009, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) cleared the acquisition of the sole control of Castorama Italia S.p.A. (“Castorama”) by the French company Groupe Adeo S.A. (“Adeo”), both active in the retail sale of “do-it-yourself” (“DIY”) products. The merger met the turnover thresholds set by EC Regulation n. 139/2004, but it has been assessed by the ICA after the referral by the European Commission (“Commission”) under article 4(4) of the EC Regulation n. 139/2004 [1]. The relevant market Both parties hold significant positions in the retail sale of DIY products. The ICA considered that all categories of DIY products (carpentry, gardening, tools, etc.) are included in the definition of the relevant product market. A crucial point of the ICA's analysis was the width

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Denis Fosselard, Valerio Mosca, Stefania Amoruso, The Italian Competition Authority clears the acquisition of the sole control of Castorama Italia by Groupe Adeo, concerning the market for the retail sale of do-it-yourself products (Groupe Adeo/Castorama Italia), 29 January 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2009, Art. N° 32063

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