Asda Stores / Co-operative Group (5 stores) merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Asda Stores Limited of 5 grocery stores from Co-operative Group Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
22 December 2014 Decision published
28 November 2014 Decision announced
6 October 2014 to 17 October 2014 Invitation to comment
6 October 2014 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

28 November 2014: The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Asda Stores Limited of 5 grocery stores and 3 petrol filling stations from Co-operative Group Limited. The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to comment: Now closed

6 October 2014: The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

The addresses of the 5 Co-operative grocery stores are:

  • Co-operative Food (including petrol filling station) Strelley Road Bilborough Nottingham NG8 3AP

  • Co-operative Food 19-23 Lawton Road Alsager ST7 2AA

  • Co-operative Food The Ridgedale Centre Hollins Lane Marple, Stockport SK6 6AU

  • Co-operative Food (including petrol filling station) 151-157 High Street Tranent EH33 1LP

  • Co-operative Food (including petrol filling station) Pyle Industrial Estate Pyle Cross Pyle, Bridgend CF33 6BU


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Davis Galimberti
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

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