FTC Seeks to Break Up Whole Foods Merger

The Federal Trade Commission, twice defeated already in its effort to block Whole Foods Market’s acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, is seeking to undo the merger.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission, twice defeated already in its effort to block Whole Foods Market’s acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, is seeking to undo the merger. In court filings this week, the FTC argued that although the merger has been completed on paper, the two entities are still essentially operating separately and their merger should be undone. In August, the U.S. District Court here denied the FTC’s request to block the acquisition, which the FTC had said would violate an

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