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Monday 21 October, 2002

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
21 October 2002

FAIR TRADING ACT 1973 - PRIOR NOTICE OF MERGERS

The Director General of Fair Trading received on 4 October 2002 a Merger Notice
under Section 75A of the Fair Trading Act 1973 (the Act) in respect of the
proposed arrangements for:

Proposed acquisition of the Copper Plumbing Tubes Business of IMI plc by KM
Europa Metal AG.

He now gives notice that in accordance with section 75B(3) of the Act he has
extended the period for consideration of this Notice by a further period of 15
working days. The period for considering this Notice will therefore expire on 21
November 2002.


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