J Sainsbury plc / Somerfield

OFT closed case: Anticipated acquisition by J Sainsbury plc of a former Somerfield store in Headingley

Affected market: Groceries

No. ME/4109/09

Found not to qualify.

On the basis of the information available to it, the Office of Fair Trading has decided that the anticipated acquisition of a former Somerfield store in Headingley by J Sainsbury plc does not qualify for investigation under the mergers provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act), because neither the UK turnover test nor the share of supply test in section 23 of the Act is met. A relevant merger situation has, therefore, not been created.

Published 20 May 2009