The German Competition Authority closes its merger review proceeding after companies had given up their merger plans in the furniture sector (VME / KHG)

Bundeskartellamt prevents major purchasing cooperation in the furniture sector* The Bundeskartellamt has discontinued its administrative proceeding on account of the planned merger of the purchasing cooperations VME Union GmbH and KHG GmbH & Co. KG (Krieger/Höffner group) after the companies had given up their plans. VME Union (including the MHK kitchen trade association which cooperates with VME) is the largest purchasing cooperation in the German furniture sector. In this sector, and in particular in the kitchen retail sector, the new association and KHG would together have reached market shares considerably exceeding the limits for admissible purchasing cooperations under

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German Competition Authority, The German Competition Authority closes its merger review proceeding after companies had given up their merger plans in the furniture sector (VME / KHG), 12 September 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2019, Art. N° 91762

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