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Focus Antitrust - 7 March 2018

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CMA fines household coal suppliers £3.4m fine for market sharing cartel

Two suppliers of charcoal and coal for households in the UK have agreed to pay a £3.4m fine for taking part in a market sharing cartel.  The two suppliers, CPL and Fuel Express admitted rigging competitive tenders to supply Tesco and Sainsbury’s.  Click here.

European Commission clears merger between Essilor and Luxottica

Following a phase 2 investigation, the European Commission has cleared the proposed merger between Essilor and Luxottica, two companies operating in the optical industry. The Commission concluded that the merger would not adversely affect competition in the EEA.  Click here.  


  • The CMA has referred Mole Valley’s purchase of the retail arm of Countrywide Farmers for an in-depth phase 2 merger investigation, following its announcement last month that the merger would be referred unless suitable undertakings were given.  Click here.   
  • The CMA has open an investigation into suspected anti-competitive arrangements in the residential estate agency sector.  Click here.

This article was written by Paul Stone. For more information, contact Paul on +44 (0)20 7203 5110 or at

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