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Sainsbury's-Asda merger facing investigation

Sainsbury's-Asda merger facing investigation

Business
Britain's competition regulator has confirmed it is investigating the planned merger between Sainsbury's and Asda. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it was inviting interested parties to comment on the impact of the deal ahead of a formal "phase one" inquiry.A deal between Sainsbury's and Asda, currently the second and third biggest UK supermarkets, would create a grocery powerhouse, overtaking Tesco as the market leader.It would have 2,800 stores across the UK - including the Argos business already owned by Sainsbury's - with combined revenues of £51bn.Some experts think the CMA could ultimately order the company to dispose of at least 75 stores.There are also concerns about the impact the tie-up would have on suppliers - and this part of the sector is ...
Apple's Shazam takeover facing competition probe

Apple's Shazam takeover facing competition probe

Technology
The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into Apple's takeover of UK-based music app Shazam after finding the deal could raise competition concerns.Apple revealed in December that it was snapping up the song recognition tool in a deal reportedly worth $ 400m (£286m).Shazam allows users to identify songs by pointing a smartphone or tablet at speakers playing music.The European Commission said it was concerned that the takeover could see rivals' music streaming services put at a competitive disadvantage to Apple Music.This is because Apple would obtain commercially sensitive data about its rivals' customers by owning Shazam, according to the EC's initial findings.Those rivals include Spotify, the global market leader."Access to such data could allow Apple to directly ta
Orioles don't get break facing Astros' No. 5 starter

Orioles don't get break facing Astros' No. 5 starter

Sports
The offseason acquisition of right-hander Gerrit Cole was orchestrated to fortify an already stout Astros rotation, one that when fully armed, had the option of utilizing versatile right-hander Brad Peacock in a complementary role en route to the 2017 World Series title. On Sunday against Texas, Cole made his Astros debut and, for at least one start, validated the decision of Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, working seven strong innings in an 8-2 victory that clinched the four-game series. Cole surrendered one run on two hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts, growing stronger as his outing progressed and capping a collective performance by the Houston rotation that should give the rest of the American League pause. Cole followed right-hander Justin Verlander, left-hander Dallas Keuch...
Nuggets have playoff spot in mind facing Lakers

Nuggets have playoff spot in mind facing Lakers

Sports
The Denver Nuggets enter their game at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with 15 games remaining. The Nuggets (37-30) have won two in a row, including a 125-116 win against the visiting Lakers on Friday. Denver enters Tuesday with the same record as the Utah Jazz and also tied in the standings with the Los Angeles Clippers (36-29), who have played two fewer games. The Nuggets have not qualified for the postseason since 2013. "We're getting there," Denver coach Michael Malone told reporters after a 130-104 win against the visiting Sacramento Kings on Sunday. "Every game, I think we're moving forward." The Lakers (30-36) are coming off an impressive 127-113 win against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Even with the loss...
Struggling hospitals facing 'huge tragedy'

Struggling hospitals facing 'huge tragedy'

Health
Patients are at risk in overcrowded hospitals as the NHS struggles to cope with the deluge of patients seen in recent weeks, a senior doctor has said.Prof Suzanne Mason, from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described it as a "huge tragedy".Reports have emerged of patients facing long waits for treatment and being stuck on trolleys in corridors and of ambulances left queuing outside A&E.NHS bosses have responded by cancelling non-urgent care en masse.Tens of thousands of operations, treatments and appointments have been put off for the rest of January as hospitals have tried to ease some of the pressure.But Prof Mason said the move was "too little too late" as hospitals simply had no beds free and these treatments would have had to be cancelled anyway.She added: "Patient safety...