CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – UNITED KINGDOM – PROHIBITION – INCREASE OF SELLING PRICES TO FINAL CONSUMERS

Prohibition: The Competition and Markets Authority prohibits, following an in-depth investigation, a merger in the supermarket distribution sector (J Sainsbury / Asda)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On April 30, 2018, CMA in the United Kingdom was notified of the proposed acquisition of Asda (a subsidiary of the Walmart group active in the UK's food-dominated supermarket sector) by its competitor Sainsbury's. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year. As the CMA pointed out, Sainsbury's and Asda were the second and third largest players in in-store food retailing in the UK, behind Tesco respectively. They were also among the four largest operators in online food distribution in the United Kingdom. In September 2018, the MCA announced the opening of Phase II. Following its in-depth review, CMA concluded in April 2019 that the

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Olivier Billard, Guillaume Fabre, Margaux Serra, Prohibition: The Competition and Markets Authority prohibits, following an in-depth investigation, a merger in the supermarket distribution sector (J Sainsbury / Asda), 25 April 2019, Concurrences N° 4-2019, Art. N° 92347, pp. 132-135

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