FTC Examines Grocery Merger Environment

The Federal Trade Commission is trying to determine whether the yardsticks they have used in the past to measure the legality of proposed supermarket mergers are still accurate enough to use today with regard to the Whole Foods/Wild Oats and A&P/Pathmark acquisitions.

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission is trying to determine whether the yardsticks they have used in the past to measure the legality of proposed supermarket mergers are still accurate enough to use today with regard to the Whole Foods/Wild Oats and A&P/Pathmark acquisitions. That casting about for current "intelligence" was reflected in the FTC's conference on grocery store antitrust issues held here yesterday at an FTC satellite location in the shadow of the historic Union Station

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