Penguin and Random House merger approved by Brussels

Pengion and Random House UK logos The merger is expected to be completed before the end of this year

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The proposed merger of Penguin and Random House has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission.

Brussels said the merged business - which will be the world's largest book publisher - would not raise competition concerns, because it will "face several strong competitors".

Random House's German parent firm, Bertelsmann, will own 53% of the new venture, with Pearson, Penguin's owner, controlling the remaining 47%.

The merger was announced last October.

US competition authorities had already cleared the deal in February.

The merger is expected to be completed in the second half of this year, and the business will simply be called Penguin Random House.

The world's other largest publishing groups are Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster.

Penguin Random House






New York

Offices around the world






Books sold a year

110 million (physical books only)

400 million (includes audio and digital)

Number of different titles in print



Revenue in 2011



Examples of authors

George Orwell, Jack Kerouac, John Le Carre, David Lodge, Jane Austen, Roald Dahl, Stephen King

John Grisham, Ken Follett, Richard Dawkins, Kazuo Ishiguro, Philip Pullman

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