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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) brings together the Competition Commission (CC) and the competition and certain consumer functions of the OFT. The CMA takes on its full powers and responsibilities on 1 April 2014.

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  • Construction materials merger issues statement

    22 Oct 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has published an issues statement as part of its investigation into the completed acquisition by Breedon Aggregates Limited (Breedon) of certain assets of Aggregate Industries UK Limited (Aggregate Industries).

  • CC makes final decision on hospitals merger

    17 Oct 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has decided that there is not enough evidence that the proposed merger between The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust would result in overall benefits for local patients. The CC has therefore decided to prohibit the merger.

  • CC finalises measures to open up audit market

    15 Oct 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has today published changes that will open up the UK audit market to greater competition and ensure that audits better serve the needs of shareholders in future.

  • Price control leaves china clay merger in one piece

    10 Oct 2013

    Imerys Minerals Limited and Goonvean Limited will be subject to a price control for the supply of kaolin used in the manufacture of paints and adhesives, the Competition Commission (CC) has decided.

  • CC confirms Cineworld findings

    8 Oct 2013

    New owners will run one of the cinemas Cineworld currently owns in each of Aberdeen, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge after the Competition Commission (CC) decided that its acquisition of City Screen Limited, which runs the Picturehouse chain, could mean higher prices for customers in these areas.

  • CC paves way for new cement producer

    8 Oct 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) is looking to invigorate competition in the Great Britain (GB) cement market by opening the way for a new independent producer.

  • CC to investigate television playout services merger

    1 Oct 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) is to investigate the anticipated acquisition by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Ericsson) of Red Bee Media Limited (Red Bee Media).

  • CC retains BBC magazine undertakings

    24 Sep 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has formally decided to retain undertakings which restrict the BBC’s ability to promote magazines which it also publishes.

  • CC to investigate construction materials merger

    24 Sep 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) is to investigate the completed acquisition by Breedon Aggregates Limited (Breedon) of certain assets of Aggregates Industries UK Limited (Aggregate Industries).

  • CC formally clears AEG / Wembley Arena deal

    2 Sep 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has formally cleared the completed acquisition by AEG Facilities UK (AEG) of the contract to manage Wembley Arena.

  • Optimax / Ultralase issues statement

    30 Aug 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has published an issues statement as part of its investigation into Optimax Clinics Limited’s (Optimax’s) completed acquisition of Ultralase Ltd (Ultralase).

  • Private patients pay for lack of competition

    28 Aug 2013

    Many private hospitals face little competition in local areas across the UK, leading to higher private medical insurance premiums and charges for private patients, the Competition Commission (CC) has found.

  • CC requires Ryanair to sell shareholding in Aer Lingus down to 5 per cent

    28 Aug 2013

    Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair) will be required to sell its 29.8 per cent stake in Aer Lingus Group plc (Aer Lingus) down to 5 per cent. This will be accompanied by obligations on Ryanair not to seek or accept board representation or acquire further shares.

  • Cineworld could have to sell cinemas

    20 Aug 2013

    Cineworld Group plc (Cineworld) could have to sell cinemas in three areas after the Competition Commission (CC) provisionally concluded that its completed acquisition of City Screen Limited, which runs the Picturehouse chain, would lead to higher prices for customers in Aberdeen, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

  • CC invites evidence on pharmaceutical data undertakings

    16 Aug 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) is inviting evidence on whether to vary or remove undertakings which restrict the way in which IMS Health Incorporated (IMS) sells its specialised pharmaceutical data services.

  • CC set to retain BBC magazine undertakings

    16 Aug 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has provisionally decided to retain undertakings which restrict the BBC’s ability to promote magazines which it also publishes or has a financial interest in.

  • Payday lending investigation - issues statement

    14 Aug 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has today published an issues statement as part of its market investigation into payday lending.

  • CAT refers leased lines appeal to CC

    1 Aug 2013

    The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has referred an appeal by Verizon UK Limited and Vodafone Limited to the Competition Commission (CC) over the amount BT is permitted to charge for certain types of wholesale leased lines.

  • CC to investigate laser eye surgery merger

    29 Jul 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) is to investigate Optimax Clinics Limited’s completed acquisition of Ultralase Ltd.

  • CC concerns over china clay merger

    24 Jul 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has provisionally ruled that the merger between kaolin suppliers Imerys Minerals Limited and Goonvean Limited could lead to a loss of competition and higher prices for some of their customers.

  • CC provisionally clears AEG/Wembley Arena deal

    23 Jul 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has provisionally cleared the completed acquisition by AEG Facilities UK (AEG) of the contract to manage Wembley Arena.

  • CC outlines measures to promote a more competitive audit market

    22 Jul 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has today published a provisional decision regarding the remedies it is considering introducing when it publishes its final report on the supply of statutory audit services to large companies in the UK this autumn.

  • Competition Commission publishes annual report

    15 Jul 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2012/13.

  • Hospitals must now prove merger benefits

    11 Jul 2013

    The review of the proposed merger between The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has now reached the stage at which any benefits that might result from it are considered by the Competition Commission (CC). The CC has provisionally concluded that the proposed merger would reduce choice in a number of clinical specialties for local patients. The CC will now consider evidence relating to any benefits that the merger may give rise to.

  • CC clears soft drinks merger

    9 Jul 2013

    The Competition Commission (CC) has formally cleared the proposed acquisition by AG BARR plc (Barr) of Britvic plc (Britvic).

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