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Monday 13 February, 2006

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
13 February 2006


Merger Update:

Completed acquisition by Harsco Corporation of Brambles Steel Services business
from certain subsidiaries of Brambles Industries Limited


The OFT has today accepted hold separate undertakings given by Harsco
Corporation; Harsco Investment Limited and MultiServ Group Ltd under section 71
of the Enterprise Act 2002. The undertakings are without prejudice to OFT's
ongoing investigation into the completed acquisition by Harsco Corporation of
Brambles Steel Services business from certain subsidiaries of Brambles
Industries Limited.


The text of these undertakings will be placed on the Office of Fair Trading's
website at www.oft.gov.uk with links from the Office's Weekly Gazette as soon as
is reasonably practicable.


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