WASHINGTON -- The Food Marketing Institute here urged the Federal Trade Commission last week to re-evaluate its divestiture policies -- particularly rules that limit the ability of independents and small chains to buy divested stores. Chris McAvoy, speaking on behalf of FMI, declared that independents "should not be treated as buyers of last resort." Speaking at an FTC-sponsored workshop on merger investigations and remedies, McAvoy said, "In supermarket mergers, as perhaps in no other ...

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