FTC Files Suit to Block Merger of Supernaturals

Whole Foods and Wild Oats hit a major stumbling block in their efforts to merge last week when the Federal Trade Commission said it would seek a preliminary injunction to block the transaction. At issue is whether or not Whole Foods would price its products higher in a market in which it did not compete with Wild Oats than it would in a market where two chains both operate stores. In a

WASHINGTON — Whole Foods and Wild Oats hit a major stumbling block in their efforts to merge last week when the Federal Trade Commission said it would seek a preliminary injunction to block the transaction.

At issue is whether or not Whole Foods would price its products higher in a market in which it did not compete with Wild Oats than it would in a market where two chains both operate stores. In a prepared statement, the FTC explained that it considered Whole Foods, Austin, Te

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