WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission failed to prove that a separate market exists for “premium natural and organic supermarkets” in its antitrust case against the acquisition of Wild Oats by Whole Foods, according to the judge's opinion in denying a preliminary injunction against the merger. The opinion was made public last week. The judge sided with the chains in concluding that Whole Foods and Wild Oats compete with a variety of traditional supermarkets that increasingly offer ...
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