MERGER MAY CUT PRICES IN PAPER GOODS CATEGORY

DALLAS -- The proposed merger between Kimberly-Clark here and Scott Paper should bode well for retailers through lower prices, more product innovation and improved category management, according to those who track the consumer paper goods industry.But the merger may also lessen competition by sparking a new wave of mergers among paper producers, some industry observers caution.The union of Kimberly-Clark

DALLAS -- The proposed merger between Kimberly-Clark here and Scott Paper should bode well for retailers through lower prices, more product innovation and improved category management, according to those who track the consumer paper goods industry.

But the merger may also lessen competition by sparking a new wave of mergers among paper producers, some industry observers caution.

The union of Kimberly-Clark and Scott would create an $11 billion powerhouse that would be the worl

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