Following a reference from the OFT, on 1 April 2009 the CC published its Notice of Provisional Findings relating to its investigation into the completed acquisition by Capita Group plc of IBS OPENSystems plc. The period within which the CC’s report on this reference was to be prepared and published (the reference period) was due to expire on 5 May 2009. However the CC considers that the completion of its investigation, including the remedies process, and the publication of its final report, will not be possible within the original reference period and has therefore concluded that an extension is necessary, until 30 June 2009, because of delays in the provision of information necessary to carry out the inquiry and the need to consider the effectiveness of both a full and a partial divestiture of the IBS business.
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