Staples Moves to Protect Deal an effort to gain Federal Trade Commission approval of the pending merger of Staples here and Delray Beach, Fla.-based Office Depot, both companies agreed to sell 63 stores to competitor OfficeMax, Shaker Heights, Ohio. The FTC voiced concern about competitive pricing in markets where the combined Staples and Office Depot would not face competition. The FTC has said the Staples-Office Depot deal would let the combined company raise prices, and was prepared to ...

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