CMA Announces Provisional Findings on Tesco/Booker Merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally cleared the proposed merger between Tesco and Booker in a statement published this morning.

In its’ statement, the CMA finds that “the merger may not be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets for goods or services in the UK.”

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Chief Executive's Blog: Dublin up on food to go

Last week I was – along with about 70 retailers and suppliers – in Dublin looking at the much-heralded convenience store market in Ireland. We saw loads of great stores, but the thing that stood out more than anything else was the outstanding food to go offer in pretty much every site we visited. 

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Government Rejects Tobacco Licensing for Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the government’s decision not to progress with plans to introduce a tobacco licensing scheme for retailers, following a consultation last year. However, the Government has warned that EU regulations to track tobacco product through supply chains could require some additional requirements for companies producing, moving, or selling tobacco.

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ONS: Sharp Decline in Percentage of Young People Buying Cigarettes from Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed figures released today by the Office of National Statistics which show a decline in the percentage of young people that get cigarettes from retailers.

The report published by ONS and the NHS, looks at the prevalence of smoking, drinking and drug use among young people (school pupils aged 11 to 15).

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