The US FTC requires divestitures in many local markets for traditional supermarket stores despite the fact that there are between three and six remaining competitors (Ahold / Delhaize)

FTC Requires Divestitures in Ahold/Delhaize of 81 Stores and Gives Upfront Buyers More Time to Complete Acquisitions; Continues Focus on "Traditional Supermarket" Competition Key Points: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required divestitures in many local markets in Ahold/Delhaize despite the fact that there were between three and six remaining competitors (i.e., 4-to-3, 5-to-4, 6-to-5, and 7-to-6 markets) — in fact, most of the divestiture markets had at least this many remaining competitors. In requiring divestitures in these markets, the FTC was influenced by the close proximity of the parties’ stores, their similarity in formats, and the moderate to high concentration levels. The FTC continues to limit its product market to "traditional supermarkets," including

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James A. Fishkin, Rani A. Habash, The US FTC requires divestitures in many local markets for traditional supermarket stores despite the fact that there are between three and six remaining competitors (Ahold / Delhaize), 22 July 2016, e-Competitions July 2016, Art. N° 80944

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