Thu, 15/12/2011 - 09:58
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) rejected publishers' claims that the merger of The Book Depository with Amazon would reduce their margins, the full report into the OFT's investigation has revealed.
Amazon announced its intention to buy The Book Depository in July and the OFT concluded its investigation into the merger in...
Tue, 06/12/2011 - 15:30
The European Commission has announced it has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether publishers Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Holtzbrinck "have, possibly with the help of Apple, engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in the European Economic Area, in...
Wed, 26/10/2011 - 13:03
The Office of Fair Trading has cleared Amazon to take over The Book Depository, ruling the merger would not lead to a lessening of competition within the UK book industry.
The OFT decided there was limited pre-merger competition between the two companies and found that competition within Amazon Marketplace would continue to be strong...
Tue, 19/07/2011 - 09:15
The Bookseller has added its voice to calls for Amazon's acquisition of The Book Depository (TBD) to be referred to the Competition Commission.
The Office of Fair Trading's deadline for submissions about the merger ended at 5pm last night (18th July), and in its letter The Bookseller Group, publishers of The...
Fri, 04/02/2011 - 12:19
The transition to the agency model could be halted as publishers outside of the new terms could wait as much as a year for an Office of Fair Trading investigation into e-book pricing to be completed.
The OFT announced this week it would investigate whether the model breaches competition rules after a “significant” number...
Thu, 03/02/2011 - 07:46
The Booksellers Association has described the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)'s investigation into agency pricing as "a seminal moment" for the book industry.
Tim Godfray, chief executive of the BA, has anticipated that the outcome of the OFT's enquiry into the fairness of agency pricing will dictate the way e-...
Tue, 01/02/2011 - 13:00
The Office of Fair Trading has launched an investigation into agency pricing, following a "significant" number of complaints.
The OFT said the investigation is "into whether arrangements that certain publishers have put in place with some retailers for the sale of e-books may breach competition rules".
Wed, 18/02/2009 - 11:38
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating whether HMV's acquisition of Zavvi stores is a 'relevant merger situation'. If it is deemed so, then the OFT could look further into the issue to see if it means a 'substantial lessening of competition'.
A further 629 jobs at Zavvi have been saved after HMV bought 19...
Tue, 10/06/2008 - 14:26
Time Out’s approach to the Office of Fair Trading asking it to investigate the acquisition of Lonely Planet by the BBC—a deal brokered in October last year—has met with mixed response from other travel publishers.
Donald Greig, managing director at Bradt Travel Guides, said he would support Time Out and Rough Guides,...
Mon, 09/06/2008 - 08:16
Time Out is urging the Office of Fair Trading to launch an investigation into the BBC’s acquisition of the travelguide publisher Lonely Planet, according to the Sunday Times.
It has written to the OFT, claiming the transaction breaches the BBC’s fair-trading policy and competition law.
In the letter, seen by...