Competition Concerns Raised Over Sainsbury's-Asda Merger: CMA
The UK's Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published a summary of submissions received from retailers, suppliers and a range of industry representatives, in response to the planned Sainsbury's-Asda merger, with several respondents highlighting competition concerns over the proposed deal.
As the CMA noted, a number of submissions raised concerns about the impact of the proposed merger at a national level, with increased concentration in the marketplace, and two firms, Tesco and the combined Sainsbury's/Asda both holding high market shares.
'Some respondents suggested that this could give rise to higher prices, reduced choice, or a loss of innovation within the supply of groceries,' the CMA said.
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