On 21 May 2009, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) published the full text of its decision to seek undertakings from Sport Direct International plc in lieu of referring its completed acquisition of a number of stores from JJB Sports plc to the Competition Commission under the Enterprise Act 2002. The OFT concluded that the acquisition of 31 stores over a 13 month period constituted a single merger. It found that Sports Direct and JJB are each other's closest competitors. The OFT identified competition concerns in five local overlap areas in relation to one or all of sports clothing, sports equipment and/or sports footwear. Sports Direct has agreed to divest stores in each of the five areas to an up-front buyer.
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OFT publishes decision to seek undertakings in lieu in relation to Sport Direct's acquisition of stores from JJB Sports
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