Vodafone / Phones4U merger inquiry

The CMA assessed the completed acquisition by Vodafone Limited of 140 stores formerly controlled by Phones4U Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
24 March 2015 Decision published
4 February 2015 Decision announced
8 December 2014 Launch of merger inquiry
8 December to 22 December 2014 Invitation to comment
25 September 2014 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

4 February 2015: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Vodafone Limited of 140 stores formerly controlled by Phones4U Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Launch of merger inquiry

8 December 2014: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

8 December 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.

Initial enforcement order

25 September 2014: An Initial enforcement order under Section 72 of the Enterprise Act 2002 was served on Vodafone Group plc and Vodafone Limited. A copy of the order can be found below:

Amendments/consents granted:

Contact

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

Raul Nieto
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

Raul.Nieto@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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