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Tuesday 26 March, 2002

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
26 March 2002


The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has decided, on the information
at present before her, 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 acquisition by Taylor Nelson Sofres plc of the broadcast news   
     monitoring business of The Register Group Limited

     Proposed acquisition by Getinge Industrier AB of Heraeus Holding GmbH

     Proposed acquisition by Alcan Print Finishers Ltd, trading as Celloglas, 
     of Qualicoat Limited

     Proposed acquisition by Danaher Corporation of Viridor Instrumentation   

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