ZANDAAM, The Netherlands -- Ahold here last week terminated its agreement to acquire Pathmark Stores in the face of "strong opposition" by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Ahold's move drew swift condemnation from Pathmark, which promised to "hold Ahold responsible for the consequences of its actions" (see story at right). Hans Gobes, Ahold spokesman, told SN that the FTC took a different tack in its negotiations with Ahold that appears to signal a new approach by antitrust authorities ...

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