Dods drops bid for Emap arm

Politics and public affairs publisher Dods has backed out of its planned £12.8m acquisition of DeHavilland Political Intelligence from private equity-owned Emap. The board announced its decision yesterday after the deal was referred to the Competition Commission by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) last week. Both Dods and DeHavilland supply political monitoring and polling services for the public and private sectors and OFT described them as the largest players in this market in the UK.