The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering a divestment package offered by the Co-operative Group Limited (Co-op) on 20 October 2008 in relation to its proposed acquisition of Somerfield Limited (Somerfield). Following the OFT's investigations, the proposed merger was found not to give rise to serious competition concerns at the national level. The merged firm will hold a market share of around eight per cent and will be able to provide tougher competition to the 'big four' (Asda, J Sainsbury, Morrison and Tesco). However, the OFT found that the deal did raise some concerns at the local level in a number of areas throughout the UK. Consequently, the Co-op has offered to divest of stores in the affected areas to suitable buyers. It is anticipated that the package proposed is likely to resolve the competition concerns.