â¿¿In September, the Commission approved Universal Music Group's takeover of EMI Music, on condition that Universal, the largest global music company, sell about a third of EMI's assets.

â¿¿In December, the Commission approved the merger between commodities trader Glencore and Xstrata, a major mining group, but only on the condition that it sell its stake in Nyrstar NV of Belgium, the world's largest zinc producer.

â¿¿The Commission is due to announce later this week on a new offer by Ryanair to buy Aer Lingus.

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