Investigations by competition authorities are generally expected in the case of substantial mergers.

UK regulators formally launched an investigation into the merger between Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick co-op on Wednesday. Shareholders in both gro(...)

Kings Laundry is the main supplier of linen to Irish hotels

The State’s competition regulator is to carry out a detailed “phase two” investigation of the proposed takeover of Kings Laundry, the main supplier of(...)

“If a consumer purchases a car with outstanding finance on it, the car could be repossessed by the lender, even if the consumer has already paid the previous owner for it,” says a v spokesman.

One in six used cars on sale may be at risk of repossession as they still have finance outstanding on them. In a study of a sample of 5,906 used cars(...)

Uniphar chief executive Ger Rabbette (left) with chairman Maurice Pratt. The CCPC cleared it to buy Sisk Healthcare in August, subject to information-sharing restrictions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) notified to the State’s competition watchdog increased 36 per cent to 98 last year, with real estate(...)

The deal buttressed the Irish operations of LNG, whose interests already included Festival Republic, which runs Electric Picnic. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

The State’s competition watchdog is launching a detailed investigation into the sale of MCD Productions, the concert promotion company founded by impr(...)

“It is business as usual for all Giraffe Childcare facilities,” the company’s directors said. Photograph: Eric Luke

All 21 Giraffe Childcare facilities will be acquired by Busy Bees, a childcare company with 35 years’ experience in the sector. The sale, for an und(...)

Consumer advocate Brendan Burgess said the current system which protects distressed borrowers should be “more or less maintained to protect those who are paying what they can”. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish mortgage holders have to pay about €250 each month for the lifetime of their loans to pay for the costs of those who are not able, or refuse to (...)

Some 16 per cent of respondents said they were ‘just about coping’. Photograph: iStock

While most Irish people can meet their current financial obligations, they have put little or nothing aside to protect them from financial shocks, acc(...)

Adrian Cummins of the Restaurant Association of Ireland said in a radio interview that restaurants could take deposits at the time of booking and levy a charge on customers who did not turn up.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s competition watchdog has opened a formal investigation into the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) over an industry campaign to enco(...)

Lakeland and LacPatrick shareholders voted last month to merge in a move to create a business that will generate revenues of €1 billion. Photograph: iStock

Lakeland Dairies and rival LacPatrick must put their proposed merger on hold while a second competition watchdog scrutinises the deal. Lakeland and (...)

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