The UK Competition Commission finds that a merger in the book sector does not result in a substantial lessening of competition in the markets for the supply of books to retailers and libraries (Woolworths/Bertram)

Summary and Background Woolworths and Bertram both operate in the wholesale supply of book industry. Woolworths' principal business activities are in the UK retail sector, and its stores stock a narrow range of books. Woolworths' book wholesale operations are handled through its subsidiaries Entertainment UK Limited (EUK) and Total Home Entertainment Distribution Limited (THE). Bertram's primary activities are acting as a wholesaler through its Bertram Books division, and as a library supplier through BertramLibrary Service s (BLS). On 3 April 2007, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred, under section 22 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act), the completed acquisition of Bertram Group Limited (Bertram) by Woolworths Group PLC (Woolworths) to the Competition Commission (CC) for

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Oyebola Ajayi, The UK Competition Commission finds that a merger in the book sector does not result in a substantial lessening of competition in the markets for the supply of books to retailers and libraries (Woolworths/Bertram), 4 September 2007, e-Competitions September 2007, Art. N° 15381

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