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Tuesday 23 November, 2004

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
23 November 2004



INVITATION TO COMMENT


COMPLETED  ACQUISITION BY ENNSTONE PLC OF JOHNSTON GROUP PLC


The Office of Fair Trading is considering whether arrangements are in progress
or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation
of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act
2002.  Should it be found to be a relevant merger situation, the OFT will
further consider whether the creation of that situation may be expected to
result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in
the United Kingdom for goods or services that warrants reference to the
Competition Commission for investigation and report.

Affected Sector:  construction materials

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest
issues to:

Mr D Blocksidge

Office of Fair Trading

Fleetbank House

2-6 Salisbury Square

London EC4Y 8JX

FAX: 020-7211-8916

to arrive by 6 December 2004.


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