FTC Concerned Over Wild Oats

Whole Foods Market here said last week that members of the Federal Trade Commission staff have voiced concerns regarding perceived anti-competitive effects from Whole Foods' proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Markets. However, the commission has not yet decided whether to challenge the transaction, according to John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer, Whole Foods. Asked during

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market here said last week that members of the Federal Trade Commission staff “have voiced concerns regarding perceived anti-competitive effects” from Whole Foods' proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Markets.

However, the commission has not yet decided whether to challenge the transaction, according to John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer, Whole Foods.

Asked during a second-quarter conference call with analysts last week whether Whole Foo

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