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Bunnings' acquisition of Adelaide Tools faces pushback over Australian tool-market concerns

By James Panichi
  • 13 Feb 2020 18:02
  • 13 Feb 2020 19:06

Wesfarmers-owned retailer Bunnings has been challenged over its plan to acquire home-improvement company Adelaide Tools, with Australia's competition watchdog today warning that the proposed deal could increase concentration in the retail supply of tools to customers in the city of Adelaide.

Releasing a statement of issues today (see here), the Australian

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James Panichi

Senior Editor, Asia Pacific


James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.

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