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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 89

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

Here below you find the most read articles on CompetitionFeed over the last two weeks.


For Sainsbury and Asda, watchdog's analysis leaves merger in serious doubt

Sainsbury’s planned 7.3 billion pound ($9.5 billion) takeover of Walmart’s Asda can only be salvaged if Britain’s competition regulator fundamentally changes its analysis of Britain’s grocery market, experts said on Thursday. Read More.


Philadelphia sues seven big banks, alleges municipal bond collusion

The city of Philadelphia has filed an antitrust lawsuit accusing seven major banks of conspiring to inflate interest rates for a type of bond used by cities, towns and other public entities, costing them potentially billions of dollars. Read More.

European Commission

Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the farmed Atlantic salmon sector

Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the farmed Atlantic salmon sector. Read More.


Sainsbury’s / Asda merger could push up prices and reduce quality

The CMA has provisionally found extensive competition concerns as part of its in-depth investigation of the proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda. Read More.


FTC Announces Agenda for the Tenth Session of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

March 20 Hearing will examine competition and consumer protection issues in broadband markets. Read More.


Investigation into the merger between Danish Agro Machinery and Konekesko taken up by the European Commission

The acquisition was originally notified separately to the national competition authorities of Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Read More.

Review of Industrial Organization

Spectrum Concentration and Performance of the U.S. Wireless Industry

Glenn A. Woroch This paper estimates the empirical relationship between concentration in mobile carriers’ holdings of radio spectrum and the performance of the U.S. wireless industry. Read More.

Review of Industrial Organization

Competition Policy in Banking in the European Union

We examine the evolution of competition in banking in the EU in its interaction with regulatory developments and the parallel evolution of the application of competition policy in the sector. Read More.

Economics Letter

Can Partial Horizontal Ownership Lessen Competition More Than a Monopoly?

Duarte Brito, Ricardo Ribeiro and Helder Vasconcelos,
In this paper we investigate the anti-competitive effects of partial horizontal ownership in a setting where: (i) two cost-asymmetric firms compete à la Cournot; (ii) managers deal with eventual conflicting interests of the different shareholders by maximizing a weighted sum of firms' operating profits; and (iii) weights result from the corporate control structure of the firm they run. Read More.

Working Paper

Who Benefits From Banning Discriminatory Wholesale Pricing When Retailers Can Price Match?

Arcan Nalca and Gangshu (George) Cai
In this paper, we identify the impact of retailers’ price-matching guarantees on supply chain efficiency and consumer welfare by taking the manufacturer’s pricing decision into consideration. Read More.

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