Co-operative Group / Nisa Retail merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Co-operative Group of Nisa Retail Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
23 April 2018 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
22 February 2018 to 9 March 2018 Invitation to comment
22 February 2018 Launch of merger inquiry

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Invitation to comment: closes 9 March 2018

22 February 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result 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 may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Launch of merger inquiry

22 February 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Lasse Burmester
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 22 February 2018