Ladbrokes, Coral must sell up to 400 UK shops

UK competition watchdog rules on proposed merger

20th May, 2016
Ladbrokes-Coral merger could hit competition in some UK areas Pic Getty

The UK's competition watchdog has said UK

betting shop groups Ladbrokes and Coral may have to sell as many as 400 shops to get approval of a merger that would create the Britain’s biggest betting-shop chain.

The companies operate in 659 areas where the merger would create a "substantial" loss of competition, the Competition and Markets Authority said in its provisional report on the deal.

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