ATLANTA -- Ahold USA here is reportedly negotiating to divest between 40 and 50 stores in the New York-New Jersey area to win approval from the Federal Trade Commission for its acquisition of Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J. In response to vague trade reports -- which quoted unnamed sources close to the FTC saying commission attorneys might recommend that the FTC sue to block the merger -- Pathmark issued a statement last week that said it expects to close the deal on schedule. The ...

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