Competition issues for Waterstone's take-over of Ottakar's

Competition Commission statement of issues (4 pages, PDF) on the merger inquiry into the anticipated acquisition of Ottakar's bookshops by the HMV Group (Waterstone's). The statement is brief compared to the OFT decision to refer (29 pages, PDF) and provides little detail of which issues are considered to be significant by the inquiry group. However, it appears to disclose a particular focus on the effects of publishers' recommended retail prices (RRP) on the market, and the potential effects of the merger on recommended retail prices.

Responses by Tuesday 7 February 2006. The inquiry timetable foresees provisional findings in March 2006 and a final report in May 2006.

Filed under Competition Commission, Media, Merger control.

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