UK: Ely rail passengers to be protected by fare caps

UK: Ely rail passengers to be protected by fare caps

Earlier this year, Abellio was awarded the East Midlands rail franchise by the UK’s Department of Transport. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) subsequently reviewed whether any competition issues arose from this award as part of its mergers work. This investigation identified competition concerns on the Norwich and Ely and Thetford and Ely routes, as […]

UK: CMA completes move to Canary Wharf

UK: CMA completes move to Canary Wharf

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has moved into its new office, The Cabot in Canary Wharf. After confirming the move in 2018, the CMA’s London office has now moved to Cabot Square, completing its commitment to move its HQ by September 2019. All emails to the CMA should now use the standard “@cma.gov.uk” address, […]

UK: CMA asked to pause competition law to avoid food shortages

UK: CMA asked to pause competition law to avoid food shortages

Britain’s food and drinks industry has asked the government to suspend competition law in the event of a no-deal Brexit so that firms can work together to avert food shortages without facing large fines for collusion, reported the Guardian. Collaboration between large companies is controlled to prevent cartels harming consumers’ interests. The Food and Drink […]

UK: Casio fined for rigging prices of keyboards

UK: Casio fined for rigging prices of keyboards

Piano and keyboard-maker Casio has hit a bum note after it was handed a £3.7 million (US$4.5 million) fine by the UK’s competition watchdog for rigging prices. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) stated the electronics giant broke competition law by preventing retailers from selling its products at lower prices. Casio admitted that, between 2013 […]

UK: Company directors disqualified over cartel activity

UK: Company directors disqualified over cartel activity

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured the disqualification of 3 more office fit-out company directors for illegal cartel behavior, bringing the total number to 6. All 3 were directors of companies within the Fourfront Group at the time the illegal cartel activity took place. Clive Lucking, founder and CEO of the Fourfront Group, […]

UK: Bauer’s takeover of radio businesses in regulator crosshairs

UK: Bauer’s takeover of radio businesses in regulator crosshairs

The Competition and Markets Authority  has been investigating Bauer Media’s completed takeover of radio businesses it bought from Celador Entertainment Limited, Lincs FM Group Limited, UKRD Group Limited and The Wireless Group Limited. The CMA’s primary concern is how these transactions could affect the future viability of First Radio Sales Limited (FRS). FRS currently sells […]

UK: Tobii AB/Smartbox deal investigated further

UK: Tobii AB/Smartbox deal investigated further

Tobii AB announced that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it postponed its final conclusion in the investigation of the acquisition of Smartbox Assistive Technology by Tobii by up to eight weeks. CMA’s final conclusion was expected to be announced by July 25, but has now been extended with up to […]

UK: CMA concerned about packaging merger

UK: CMA concerned about packaging merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating Liqui-Box’s proposed takeover of DS Smith’s rigid and flexible packaging business, the CMA announced on its website. As part of its initial, Phase 1, investigation the CMA found that Liqui-Box and DS Smith are 2 of the 4 main companies in the UK offering a specialist […]

UK: Business Secretary: Competition rules need to change

UK: Business Secretary: Competition rules need to change

British Business Secretary Greg Clark said Thursday, July 18, that competition rules must change as platforms and big data are disrupting the basic plumbing of markets – and despite the huge benefits they have brought, sometimes create new forms of harm, especially for ordinary consumers. Speaking at the Social Market Foundation in London, Mr Clark […]

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