The Competition Commission has blocked Scottish & Newcastle and Carlsberg’s proposed deal to merge their Serviced Dispense Equipment technical services operation with Coors’ draught beer dispensing assets. It said it feared the deal between the three brewers would have led to less competition and would have risked lowering standards and raising prices. The watchdog also called for the Office of Fair Trading to mount inquiry into brewers’ practice of including the cost of beer dispensing equipment in the price of a pint. The Daily Telegraph 12/03/05 page 31 The Times 12/03/05 page 58 (Need to know) Financial Times 12/03/05 page 2