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CMA to investigate JD Sports takeover of Footasylum

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

CMA to investigate JD Sports takeover of Footasylum

(Sharecast News) - The Competition and Markets Authority said on Wednesday that it has launched an investigation into JD Sports' takeover of Footasylum.
The watchdog has notified the companies that it has launched a full merger inquiry, having said previously that it was considering whether there were grounds to investigate.

The CMA will decide by 19 September whether to refer the merger for a more in-depth, phase 2 investigation.

JD Sports agreed back in March to buy footwear retailer Footasylum for £90.1m in cash, or 82.5p per share.

JD said at the time that it saw strategic opportunity from adding Footasylum's "strong reputation for lifestyle fashion" and "slightly older" customer base than the younger teenagers who usually shop at its stores.

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