Carphone Warehouse and Dixons’ shareholders approved the merger of the two companies at separate general meetings held by both retailers yesterday.

The shareholders vote paves the way for the completion of the merger on August 7 and comes after the deal won unconditional approval from the European Commission last month.

Sebastian James, chief executive of Dixons Retail and chief executive designate of Dixons Carphone, said: “The mobile and electrical markets are converging rapidly, with the connected world becoming reality.

“Through this merger, we can help people choose exactly the right products and connectivity for their own lives, but also provide services that bring these products to life and keep them working each and every day.”

Andrew Harrison, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse and deputy chief executive designate of Dixons Carphone, added: “The connected world requires expertise and support to be able to bring these technologies to life and ensure they do what they intend to do: make our lives better.

“We believe that Dixons Carphone will be the first and the best retailer to offer this complete end-to-end service.”

This week it emerged Carphone Warehouse was in discussions with telecoms firm Three to launch own-brand mobile services, which could also extend to ‘internet of things’ products.