German regulator approves Kaufhof-Karstadt merger

Now Reading :

German regulator approves Kaufhof-Karstadt merger

German regulator approves Kaufhof-Karstadt merger
@ Copyright :
Wolfgang Rattay(Reuters)
Text size Aa Aa

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's antitrust regulator on Friday approved the planned merger of department store chains Kaufhof and Karstadt, owned by Canada's Hudson's Bay Co (HBC) <HBC.TO> and Austria's Signa Holding.

The deal will create a group with 243 department stores in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and annual sales of 5.4 billion euros ($6.13 billion).


What will become Europe's third biggest department store chain faces stiff competition from e-commerce players such as Amazon <AMZN.O> and online fashion retailer Zalando <ZALG.DE>, something the regulator noted in its decision which weighs whether merged companies would dominate their market.

"We found that Kaufhof and Karstadt have a market share of more than 25 percent in only a few categories of goods and regions... In addition, online retailers are an important alternative for a rapidly growing number of consumers in most categories of goods," Cartel Office President Andreas Mundt said in a statement.

Several people familiar with the matter told Reuters late on Thursday that the cartel office was poised to approve the deal.

Signa will hold a 50.1 percent stake in the combined company and take the strategic lead on the business' board.

(Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; writing by Tassilo Hummel; editing by Jason Neely, Maria Sheahan and Kirsten Donovan)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on for a limited time.