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Comment: Merger with hurdles – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Comment: Merger with hurdles – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung



                          Coming soon Edeka: supermarkets Tengelmann


As the Federal Cartel Office in late September submitted its report on the market power of the major supermarket chains, was from a sale of the Tengelmann stores at Edeka no speech. In retrospect, however, reads the “Sector Inquiry” as a veto threat against the proposed acquisition. Already keep the competition watchdog, the strong position of the Quartet of Edeka, Rewe, Aldi and Lidl for highly questionable, a further concentration they want to “counteract consistently”. Hard to imagine, then, that the merger simply passes.


Helmut Bünder Author: Helmut Bünder, born in 1957, economic correspondent in Bonn.

The fact that the Cartel Office will initiate an extensive in-depth examination, already is clear. With a market share of 0.6 percent Tengelmann is in German food retailing Although only a dwarf. But in merger control is about the individual regional markets, and in the focus, the picture changes. Finally, the Tengelmann stores focus on a few areas in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Berlin


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As early as a result of the sale of Plus discount stores at Edeka six years ago Tengelmann had to swallow toads. Because the antitrust feared regional competition problems, it insisted on a portion of the sites for sale. Whether it this time too comes so?


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Tengelmann and Edeka

Fusion with hurdles

From Helmut Bünder, Bonn

Edeka supermarkets want to buy Tengelmann. Hard to imagine that the Cartel is easy abnickt. In this case, the devil is in the details.

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