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FTC Should Allow Kroger-Albertsons Merger to Go Through

There has been growing speculation about whether the Federal Trade Commission will seek to challenge the $24.6 billion merger that Cincinnati-based Kroger and Idaho-based Albertsons announced in October 2022. The combined company would be the third-largest food and grocery retailer, behind Walmart and Amazon. Based on the draft merger guidelines the FTC recently announced jointly with the U.S. Justice Department, as well as recent comments from FTC Chair Lina Khan, those reading the tea leaves expect the agency will move to block the merger, even if the companies offer to spin off stores to competing chains.

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