Sainsbury’s / Home Retail Group merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by J Sainsbury plc of Home Retail Group plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
16 August 2016 Decision published
22 July 2016 Decision announced
27 May to 13 June 2016 Invitation to comment
27 May 2016 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

22 July 2016: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by J Sainsbury plc of Home Retail Group plc. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

27 May 2016: 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 2001 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

27 May 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.


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

Alba Ziso
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 27 May 2016
Last updated 16 August 2016 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.
  3. First published.