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Tuesday 20 June, 2000

OfficeFair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
20 June 2000


The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has decided, on the information
at present before him, and in accordance with the recommendation of the
Director General of Fair Trading, not to refer the following mergers to the
Competition Commission under the provisions of the Fair Trading Act 1973:

  Proposed merger of Iceland Group plc and Booker plc

  Acquisition by The Pub Estate Company Limited of 361 pubs from Scottish &   
  Newcastle plc