The French Competition Authority blocks a merger for the first time ever due to absence of remedies capable of addressing the competition concerns identified in the hypermarket sector (Soditroy / Association des Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc / Géant Casino)

For the first time ever, the Autorité de la concurrence blocks a merger* Soditroy and the Association des Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc were planning to acquire joint control of a Géant Casino hypermarket in the conurbation of Troyes. This merger raised serious competition concerns relating to price increases for consumers. Due to the absence of remedies capable of addressing the competition concerns identified, the Autorité had to block the merger. Background The Autorité de la concurrence today issues a decision in which it blocks the acquisition of joint control of a Géant Casino hypermarket located in the municipality of Barberey-Saint-Sulpice (Aube) by Soditroy and Association des Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc (hereinafter “ACDLec”). This is the first blocking decision issued

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority blocks a merger for the first time ever due to absence of remedies capable of addressing the competition concerns identified in the hypermarket sector (Soditroy / Association des Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc / Géant Casino), 28 août 2020, e-Competitions August 2020, Art. N° 96624

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