Competition – news story

CMA consults on lubricants merger undertakings

The CMA is consulting on its intention to accept undertakings regarding the licensing of the K-Y brand in the UK for 8 years.

Reckitt Benckiser and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) supply personal lubricants to a number of retailers under the Durex and K-Y brands respectively, and Reckitt Benckiser agreed to purchase the K-Y business from J&J in March 2014.

In its final report, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) concluded that the merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition and higher prices.

To remedy that concern, the CMA concluded that the merger should be allowed to proceed on condition that prior to completion Reckitt Benckiser agrees to license the K-Y business in the UK to a third party in line with the criteria set out in the final report.

Reckitt Benckiser and Johnson & Johnson have agreed to offer undertakings.

Anyone wishing to respond to this consultation should do so in writing, by no later than 23 October 2015, to remediesmanager@cma.gsi.gov.uk.

The consultation on the undertakings and all other information relating to this investigation can be found on the case page.