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The Competitive Assessment of Mergers in Retail Grocery Markets: A Basket Case?

BY | January 5, 2022

This paper shows that competition authorities in Europe have adopted very different approaches to assess the competitive effect of horizontal mergers on retail grocery markets. Specifically, we highlight substantial differences…

This paper shows that competition authorities in Europe have adopted very different approaches to assess the competitive effect of horizontal mergers on retail grocery markets. Specifically, we highlight substantial differences between the UK CMA, the German Cartel Office, and the French Competition Authority. All these authorities have considered the effect of mergers between grocery retailers on local markets where the merging parties overlap, however, the method and scope of the competitive a

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