On 2 July 2009, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) published an interim report on the inquiry it launched in May 2008  on the fuel sector in Germany. The report, published 6 months after the initially planned date, presents the first results of a very thorough market investigation which had already begun  for the purpose of assessing the acquisition by Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH (Shell) of six Hanseatic Petrol Vertriebs GmbH (HPV) petrol stations, which was ultimately cleared last year by the FCO . Simultaneously, the FCO proceeded to implement a very restrictive merger control assessment of three further concentrations between petrol station operators. On 29 April 2009, the FCO prohibited Total Deutschland GmbH (Total) from taking over the east German petrol station network of
The German Federal Cartel Office publishes an interim report on its fuel sector inquiry and takes a tough stance on three petrol station mergers
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