FTC fights office supply merger

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The Federal Trade Commission voted 4-1 to seek a court order blocking Staples' $4 billion acquisition of Office Depot. The merged companies would have 1,000 superstores in the U.S. The two companies spent a combined $80 million on advertising through Cliff Freeman & Partners, New York, and Pro Media, Needham, Mass. (Staples) and J. Walter Thompson USA, Chicago (Office Depot); an agency consolidation is expected if the acquisition is eventually completed. Staples said it will contest the FTC decision.

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