Date of referral: 12.7.17
Statutory deadline: 26.12.17
Responses to provisional findings
14 November 2017: The CMA has provisionally cleared Tesco’s acquisition of Booker.
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Third party evidence
Responses to issues statement
Response to phase 1 decision and issues statement
9 August 2017: The issues statement sets out the scope of the investigation. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.
Inquiry group appointed
14 July 2017: The CMA appointed the inquiry group on 13 July 2017.
Simon Polito (Inquiry Chair), Gavin Robert, Robert Spedding and Tim Tutton.
Terms of reference
12 July 2017: The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Tesco PLC of Booker Group plc for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.
|Phase 1 date
|21 July 2017
|12 July 2017
|30 May 2017 to 13 June 2017
||Invitation to comment
|30 May 2017
||Launch of merger inquiry
|30 May 2017
||Initial enforcement order
12 July 2017: The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Tesco PLC of Booker Group plc for an in-depth phase 2 investigation under its fast track procedure at the request of the merging parties. A copy of the decision is available below.
Fast track application
29 June 2017: Tesco and Booker have requested that the CMA make a fast track referral to phase 2 in its investigation into the merger.
Press release: Tesco/Booker request fast track referral (29.6.17)
30 May 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
30 May 2017: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
Initial enforcement order
The CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Booker Group plc.
Please send written representations about any competition issues to:
Competition and Markets Authority