Tesco Bid for Booker Likely to Draw In-depth Investigation by CMA

The Tesco bid for Booker is likely to be tipped into a Phase 2 investigation by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, antitrust sources told CTFN. The two companies are currently in pre-notificationfeatured

Rite Aid/Walgreens Review Stalls Pending Next Move from Companies

A former division head within the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition told CTFN that Walgreens and the FTC are not having constructive discussions, and that the matterfeatured

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Sources See FTC Approval for Rite Aid/Walgreens Merger Soon

Antitrust sources polled by CTFN believe that the Rite Aid/Walgreens deal and the associated divestiture of stores to Fred’s will be approved by the Federal Trade Commission soon, withoutfeatured

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Improved Store Mix Likely to Make Fred’s Acceptable Fix in Walgreens’ Acquisition of Rite Aid

Walgreens appears to be positioned to shortly offer up a newly revised divestiture package to the Federal Trade Commission that should enable its acquisition of Rite Aid to proceed, antitrustfeatured

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Antitrust Experts See FTC Reluctance on Rite Aid/Walgreens as Concerns over Divestiture Buyer

Asked why the proposed Rite Aid/Walgreens divestiture plan of selling 865 stores to Fred’s faltered before the Federal Trade Commission, antitrust sources polled by CTFN see the issuefeatured

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Hiccup Seen in Rite Aid/Walgreens Divestiture Plan

Recent reports that Fred’s has had a last-minute issue financing the stores it planned to purchase as part of the divestiture package that Walgreen’s has proposed to enable it tofeatured

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Walgreens Close to Finalizing Rite Aid Divestitures

Walgreens appears close to finalizing a divestiture package with the Federal Trade Commission that should allow it to close its acquisition of Rite Aid, according to two antitrustfeatured

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Movement of FTC Staff Positive Signal for Rite Aid/Walgreens

Senior antitrust attorneys have told CTFN that staff members at the Federal Trade Commission have been moved from working on the Rite Aid/Walgreens merger to the Valspar/Sherwin-Williams merger.featured

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Albertsons and Kroger are Key Prospects for Rite Aid/Walgreens Divestitures

In Walgreens’ efforts to craft a remedy likely to satisfy the Federal Trade Commission as it reviews Walgreens’ acquisition of Rite Aid, Albertsons and Kroger lead the pack of potential divestiturefeatured

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Updated: Walgreens Must Up Divestiture Ante to Interest Buyers

This story was originally published October 14. Updated to include comments from an attorney familiar with the divestiture package and for clarification of Fred’s, Inc. comment – Walgreens’ progress working out a remedy with the Federal Trade Commission to ease antitrust concerns over its acquisition of Rite Aid appears to have stalled, according to antitrust, … Read Morefeatured

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