Optimising spatial mergers: Commercial and regulatory perspectives

Mark Birkin, Graham Clarke, Lee Douglas

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This paper explores the potential application of spatial analysis and modelling techniques to the merger problem, and introduces a conceptual spatial modelling framework to improve retail merger and acquisition planning from both a commercial and regulatory perspective. Focusing on the UK retail sector, the paper demonstrates the importance of local scale market 'dynamics' in merger and acquisition (M&A) planning and evaluation; reviews the range of existing spatial modelling approaches to retail location problems, and illustrates how these models can be applied to M and A planning. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-318
Number of pages89
JournalProgress in Planning
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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