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Sainsbury's-Asda report: retailers and trade bodies respond Subscription

09 Nov 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The Grocer summarises the industry’s responses to the CMA investigation, published yesterday

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Aldi urges CMA to put a stop to Sainsbury's-Asda merger Subscription

09 Nov 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Aldi claimed it and Lidl should have been excluded from the CMA’s inquiry as they are not in the same league as the big four

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Media bites 17 October: Sainsbury's/Asda, discounters, Patisserie Valerie Subscription

17 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

An investigation of how the proposed £7.3bn takeover of supermarket chain Asda by rival J Sainsbury might affect competition will consider the impact on suppliers as well as shoppers

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CMA to include Aldi and Lidl in Sainsbury's-Asda probe Subscription

16 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The move appears to increase the chances of the merger going ahead without a huge disposal of stores

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A potential game-changer in the Sainsbury's-Asda probe

08 Oct 2018

The press has been awash with misleading headlines after the latest developments in Sainsbury’s-Asda

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Sainsbury's-Asda clearance 'tough' warns ex-CMA director

05 Oct 2018 | By Andrew Taylor

In this special analysis, ex-CMA director Andrew Taylor explains how the merger approval faces significant hurdles

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger threatens competition in 463 locations, says CMA Subscription

27 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The Competition & Markets Authority is concerned about the prospect of a serious lessening of competition.

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Can the CMA deal with Sainsbury's-Asda after failing on Tesco-Booker?

26 Sep 2018 | By Steve Parfett

The CMA ignored long-term effects of Tesco-Booker and hastened the demise of P&H as collateral damage, says Steve Parfett, chairman of AG Parfett & Sons

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City snapshot: CMA launches in-depth probe in Sainsbury's-Asda merger Subscription

19 Sep 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has referred the proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda for an in depth review, Swiss private label chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has acquired chocolate manufacturing facilities from Burton’s Biscuits and the rest of the news from the City.

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Media Bites 13 Sep: Supermarket consolidation, E-cigarettes, Fonterra Subscription

13 Sep 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Morrisons looks set to be the ‘kingmaker’ in the £14bn merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda as they are forced to offload stores to get the deal done, writes The Mail.

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Sleeping with the enemy will become retail's 'new normal'

12 Sep 2018 | By Richard Wolff

Partnerships, networks and ecosystems will enable companies to create customer value and drive growth, says Accenture Strategy’s Richard Wolff

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CMA's check on Sainsbury's-Asda shopper effect is futile

12 Sep 2018 | By David Sables

The merger is sure to be waved through, says David Sables of Sentinel Management Consultants

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Sainsbury's-Asda will be more than prepared for CMA probe

31 Aug 2018

Both retailers have requested that the CMA’s investigation moves straight to Phase 2

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CMA launches formal investigation into Sainsbury’s/Asda merger Subscription

23 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The Competition and Markets Authority has today confirmed it is to launch a formal investigation into the proposed supermarket mega-merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda and could move to a more in-depth investigation within weeks.

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Media Bites 22 August: Sainsbury's/Asda, Retail sales, GSK Subscription

22 Aug 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

A leading Sainsbury’s shareholder says its proposed merger will bring it “toe-to-toe” with Tesco

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Risk of petrol price hike, warn MP and Fair Fuel UK

13 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MP for Robert Halfon and the Fair Fuel UK campaign have called for an independent fuel price watchdog

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Sainsbury's-Asda grilling and CO2 crisis reveal government ignorance

22 Jun 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Neil ‘Pump’ Parish played to the gallery as he dismissed the significance of M&S, B&M, Amazon and Boots as ‘Mickey Mouse’, says Grocer editor Adam Leyland

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Coupe and Burnley take a battering – but will the CMA take notice? Subscription

20 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The pair suffered the mother of all grillings at the hands of MPs today, but it remains to be seen what impact the hearing will have on the deal’s competition clearance

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Sainsbury's and Asda bosses given rough ride by Efra MPs about merger

20 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The bosses of Sainsbury’s and Asda were quizzed by MPs about their proposed mega-merger today

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CMA responses to Sainsbury's-Asda deal reveal widespread concerns Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

It is understood the authority received around 30 responses from individual accompanies and a raft of trade bodies, most of which are believed to have been hostile to the deal

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Sainsbury's letter promises suppliers great opportunities Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sainsbury’s letter to suppliers promises ‘opportunity to streamline’ and to develop differentiated product ranges

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Sainsbury's stays on top as it raises the bar on availability Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Marianne Calnan

Sainsbury’s scooped the Grocer Gold Awards for both availability and service for the sixth year in a row

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Sainsbury's-Asda: Remit extension for Adjudicator just not realistic Subscription

14 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MPs and suppliers still clinging on to the idea the Adjudicator is going to be able to stop the merger in its tracks may have to get real, says senior reporter Ian Quinn

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MPs to look at extending Adjudicator's powers Subscription

14 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn, Rachel Graham

Efra committee called for the Adjudicator to be granted powers to prevent the supermarket giants “dominating” the grocery

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MPs to grill Asda and Sainsbury's chiefs over merger plans Subscription

13 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The supermarket bosses will appear before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee next Wednesday

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Asda warned of £100m wage claim following Sainsbury's merger

11 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The GMB has said discussions have been held with Asda to call for parity of pay with Sainsbury’s staff

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Media Bites 7 June: Asda/Sainsbury's, Poundworld, WH Smith Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Asda’s headquarters in Leeds is to be demolished and hundreds of Sainsbury’s staff moved from London, following the £14.1billion merger of the two supermarkets, writes The Daily Mail.

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger could hurt competition, warns NFU Subscription

05 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

In a letter to the CMA, the union warned the merger could have a ‘negative effect’ on smaller suppliers

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Sainsbury's-Asda supplier threat 'critical' to CMA probe Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MP also reveals letter from Mike Coupe predicting senior management departures

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Asda and Sainsbury's lead in cutting down on deals Subscription

25 May 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The two retailers have proven themselves dissimilar when it comes to promotions, with each favouring different mechanics

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Steel yourselves for Sainsbury's-Asda pressure, suppliers

24 May 2018 | By David Sables

Mike Coupe’s announcements on Sainsbury’s merger with Asda shamelessly promoted the fact that suppliers would be back on track

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Labour intervenes in proposed Asda-Sainsbury's merger Subscription

23 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow secretary of state for business, said the merger ‘could spell disaster’ for suppliers

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Sainsbury's-Asda must heed the lessons of Tesco

21 May 2018 | By John Buchanan

Tesco’s tarnished corporate image was one of the reasons it became the primary victim of the rise of the discounters, argues John Buchanan of HW Fisher & Company 

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City snapshot: CMA opens Sainsbury’s/Asda investigation Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has opened its investigation into the Sainsbury’s/Asda retail mega-deal, asking interested parties to submit their initial views by 4 June. Plus, KP Snacks owner Intersnack has struck a cut-price deal to buy struggling Tyrrells, C&C Group to split Matthew Clarke and Bibendum and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger: using search to map what consumers want

15 May 2018 | By Harry Walker

Geographic search data allows us to map Sainsbury’s loyalty strongholds and Asda’s bulwarks, says Google’s Harry Walker

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Sainsbury's-Asda deal could bolster property market Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Supermarket Income REIT said the deal would act alongside a reinvigorated Tesco to boost interest among big investors

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger is a corporate matchmaker's dream Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Will Morrisons tie the knot with Amazon, court the Co-op, swipe right on M&S Food, or buddy up with Waitrose, for example?…

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Short sellers cut losses after Sainsbury's/Asda tie-up Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Publicly disclosed information by the FCA showed a total of 11.2% of Sainsbury’s shares were on loan before the announceme…

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Has the CMA painted itself into a corner with methodology? Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Some claim the Tesco-Booker precedent leaves the authority ‘toothless’ – but will Sainsbury’s-Asda be waved through?

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Potts: Sainsbury's-Asda deal 'will only make us stronger' Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The supermarket reported a like-for-like sales rise of 3.6% in the first quarter

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Asda-Sainsbury's mega merger unboggled

04 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Some say Asda Sainsbury’s is a defensive move, but I see it as a potential Adam Gilchrist play, where defence is quickly turned into blistering attack

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