Woolworths Limited - proposed acquisition of Officeworks and Target


  • Woolworths Limited


  • Officeworks BusinessDirect Pty Ltd<br/> Officeworks Superstores Pty Ltd<br/> Target Australia Pty Ltd

Statement of issues

Document title Date


15/06/2007ACCC commences review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines. Market inquiries commenced.
12/07/2007Timeline delayed by negotiations on confidentiality restrictions.
13/07/2007Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
31/07/2007Decision date amended from 'early September' to 'September' to allow for provision of further information by Woolworths and consideration of submissions from market participants.
05/09/2007ACCC published a Statement of Issues outlining preliminary competition concerns. Proposed date for announcement of ACCC's findings amended accordingly.
19/09/2007Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
28/09/2007Decision date amended from 3 October to 17 October 2007 due to Woolworths' delay in providing a submission in response to the Statement of Issues.
17/10/2007Decision date amended to early November to allow for further investigation, including examination of conglomerate effects.
24/10/2007Woolworths withdrew its application for ACCC clearance.