JD Sports / Go Outdoors merger inquiry

The CMA investigated and cleared the completed acquisition by JD Sports Fashion plc of Go Outdoors Topco Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
7 June 2017 Decision published
18 May 2017 Decision announced
20 March to 3 April 2017 Invitation to comment
20 March 2017 Launch of merger inquiry
22 December 2016 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

18 May 2017: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by JD Sports Fashion plc of Go Outdoors Topco Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

20 March 2017: 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.

Launch of merger inquiry

20 March 2017: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Initial enforcement order

On 22 December 2016, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Pentland Group PLC (Pentland) and JD Sports Fashion PLC (JD Sports), in relation to the completed acquisition by JD Sports Fashion plc of Go Outdoors Topco Limited.

Amendments/consents granted:

Contact

mergersupportteam@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Published 23 December 2016
Last updated 7 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.
  3. Derogation published.
  4. Launch of CMA merger inquiry.
  5. Derogation published.
  6. Derogation published.
  7. Derogation published.
  8. Derogation published.
  9. First published.