WASHINGTON — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals here yesterday reversed a lower court’s decision that allowed Whole Foods to acquire Wild Oats, but it was not clear what the net impact of the ruling would be since the two chains have become well-integrated during the past year. The appeals court ruled that U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman did not properly consider the Federal Trade Commission’s position that Whole Foods and Wild Oats were narrowly competing for the same core ...
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