A decision from the South African competition authority is expected in the next few days over the merger two years ago that formed the wine and spirits group Distell.

Distell corporate affairs director Andre Steyn indicated in the South African press today that the company believed the commission was going to raise concerns regarding the merger. However the market has so far seemed unconcerned, with the company's share price remaining relatively stable.

"It (the Distell shareprice) has risen steadily over the past year, indicating that the worst-case scenario the commission requiring the unbundling of the merger is less likely to occur as time passes," stated one report.

Distell was created from the merger of Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery and Distillers Corporation in July 2000.