FTC issues consent order in Ahold-Delhaize deal

FTC issues consent order in Ahold-Delhaize deal

The Federal Trade Commission late Friday issued a consent order allowing for the completion of the Ahold-Delhaize merger, subject to sales of 81 U.S. stores to allay antitrust concerns.

The consent is the final step in the $29 billion merger of the European supermarket operators, who are expected to close their deal Saturday and begin trading as a combined entity on Monday.

Ahold and Delhaize announced agreements last week to sell 86 stores to seven buyers. The FTC lis

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