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Horizontal Integration - National Express seals takeover of rival Stagecoach
A horizontal merger has been agreed between National Express and Stagecoach, creating a proposed company with a fleet of 40,000 vehicles and 70,000 employees.
This is an important example to add to your economics notes!
The all-share merger creates an enlarged worldwide transport group worth £1.9bn.
Although there are clearly economies of scale to be gained, it doesn't strike me that this is a move of two firms confident about their futures. They both seem to have scaled back operations and exited the rail sector, and this merger comes at a time when coach travel itself is suffering.