Government regulation has impacted supermarket mergers to varying degrees throughout the past 50 years. In 1958, the Federal Trade Commission launched a formal investigation of "the integration and concentration of economic power at the retail level of distribution." In April 1959, the FTC made its initial move in the food field when it charged two chains with antitrust violations: Kroger Co., Cincinnati, the nation's third-largest chain, which had acquired 42 corporations with 1,900 ...

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