The investigation into suspected anti-competitive activities by JJB Sports PLC (JJB) and Sports Direct International PLC (Sports Direct), reported in our October 2009 bulletin, has been closed by the OFT. The investigation related to claims that JJB and Sports Direct were engaged in price fixing and market sharing (through coordination of store location).

In reaching a decision to close the investigation, the OFT reviewed the case in light of its Prioritisation Principles and concluded that there was only limited evidence of potential price fixing and that the likely consumer impact is low. As the case has been closed on the grounds of the Prioritisation Principles, the OFT has not reached a view on whether the parties have infringed competition law and may decide to reopen the case in the future.