Judges Weigh FTC Argument vs. Whole Foods

At least one of the three judges listening to oral arguments yesterday about whether or not a lower court erred in allowing Whole Foods to acquire Wild Oats appeared sympathetic to the Federal Trade Commission’s case against the deal, according to a report yesterday.

WASHINGTON — At least one of the three judges listening to oral arguments here yesterday about whether or not a lower court erred in allowing Whole Foods to acquire Wild Oats appeared sympathetic to the Federal Trade Commission’s case against the deal, according to a report yesterday. Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market won its battle with the FTC last year by arguing that its stores and those of Wild Oats Markets compete against a broad spectrum of food retailers rather than primarily aga

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