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SSE gets green light to sell retail business to OVO

SSE’s discontinued businesses posted a loss of £512mln in its latest half-year including £489mln of asset write-downs.

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Big six power supplier SSE PLC (LON:SSE) has been cleared by the competition authority to sell its retail arm to Ovo Group for £500mln.

The proceeds will be used to cut debt, with the sale part of a restructuring plan following the collapse of its original plan to sell the division to rival power group Npower.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE’s chief executive, said now that it has received CMA approval preparations can start for completion, which is expected around mid-January 2020.

“We have a clear strategy around developing, operating and owning renewable energy and electricity network assets, along with growing businesses complementary to this core."

SSE’s discontinued businesses posted a loss of £512mln in its latest half-year including £489mln of asset write-downs.

The retail business employs around 8,000 staff across the UK.

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