Just Eat / Hungryhouse merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Just Eat.co.uk Limited of Hungryhouse Holdings Limited.

Phase 2

Administrative timetable

Date of referral: 19.5.17

Statutory deadline: 30.11.17



Penalty notice

1 December 2017: The CMA has published a notice (dated 24 November) of a penalty imposed on Hungryhouse under section 110 of the Enterprise Act 2002. The CMA imposed the penalty for a failure to comply, without reasonable excuse, with a requirement imposed on Hungryhouse under section 109 of the Enterprise Act 2002.

Final report

Provisional findings

12 October 2017: The CMA has provisionally cleared Just Eat’s acquisition of Hungryhouse.


The publication of the evidence of any party on the CMA’s webpages does not indicate in any way endorsement by the CMA of the views expressed in the evidence or acceptance of that evidence. Publication in this way is designed to assist public understanding of the issues.

Responses to provisional findings

Oral evidence

Responses to issues statement

Merger notice

Responses to the phase 1 decision

Issues statement

9 June 2017: The issues statement sets out the scope of the inquiry. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.

Inquiry group appointed

22 May 2017: The CMA appointed the inquiry group on 19 May 2017.

Professor Martin Cave (Inquiry Chair), Katherine Holmes, John Krumins and Jayne Scott.

Terms of reference

19 May 2017: The CMA has referred Just Eat’s acquisition of Hungryhouse for an in-depth investigation.

Phase 1

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
9 June 2017 Decision published
10 May 2017 Decision announced
10 to 24 March 2017 Invitation to comment
10 March 2017 Launch of merger inquiry

Reference decision

Reference unless undertakings accepted

10 May 2017: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

10 March 2017: 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

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

Published 10 March 2017
Last updated 1 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Penalty notice published.
  2. Full final report published.
  3. Summary of final report published.
  4. Responses to provisional findings published (under ‘Evidence’).
  5. Full provisional findings report and consumer survey report published.
  6. Summary of provisional findings and notice of extension published.
  7. Timetable updated.
  8. Summary of oral evidence published.
  9. Responses to issues statement and merger notice published.
  10. Responses to the phase 1 decision published.
  11. Full text decision, timetable and issues statement published.
  12. Inquiry group appointments added.
  13. Reference decision announced and terms of reference published.
  14. Decision announced: reference unless undertakings accepted.
  15. First published.