Regulatory Roundup

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is expected to deliver its much-anticipated decision regarding the pending merger of bookstore chains Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s. HMV Group, which owns rival bookstore chain Waterstone’s, made a formal £96.4m takeover

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