The Romanian competition authorities have formally given their go-ahead for the acquisition of all of Tengelmann’s 105 Plus discount stores in Romania by Lidl. The office stated that the transaction would have no negative effects on competition in the national grocery market.

For Lidl, the decision means that it will expand into another market, extending its central European store portfolio - which already covers Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.