The ACCC announced that it considered that the proposed acquisition by Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) of five takeaway packaged liquor retailers in NSW (three of which are attached to hotels) would be likely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in the five relevant local markets.  The ACCC formed the view that ALH's proposed acquisition of 28 remaining hotels (some of which incorporate takeaway packaged liquor retailers) in other sites was unlikely to substantially lessen competition.

The ACCC also announced that it does not propose to intervene in the proposed acquisition by ALH and the Laundy Hotel Group of the Caringbah Hotel in NSW.  The ACCC considered that the Caringbah store was a large format, ‘destination’ liquor store, and that the nearest liquor store of that kind owned by Woolworths is 12km away.