The French Minister of Economy approves without remedies, a concentration in the sector of agricultural cooperatives despite high market shares on several markets (Agrial / Union Set)

Agrial is an agricultural cooperative with over 24,000 members. Union Set is another agricultural cooperative with nearly 16,000 members. The concentration results in overlaps in the following markets : the sale of live animals for laughter; retail of hardware, gardening and landscaping tools ; crop and oleaginous and protein-rich plants ; animal feed and agricultural supplies. Market DefinitionsProduct Markets First, regarding the sale of live animals for slaughter, Community and French decisions divide this market into sub-markets by the species of animal, due primarily to differences in production costs. The parties are both active in the sale of swine and cattle for slaughter. Regarding swine, competition authorities distinguish between sows and pigs because sows are heavier at

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Didier Theophile, Natasha A. Moskvina, The French Minister of Economy approves without remedies, a concentration in the sector of agricultural cooperatives despite high market shares on several markets (Agrial / Union Set), 4 June 2008, e-Competitions June 2008, Art. N° 21523

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