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US: New report on horizontal merger activity by FTC reveals patterns

 |  January 16, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission has released new data on the last four years’ worth of horizontal merger activity. Analysts saw two major points from these reports: the majority of FTC investigations pertained to mergers that exceeded the threshold for market concentration, determined by the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines; additionally, the FTC treated mergers differently depending on the industry. According to the analysis, there were higher instances of enforcement action within the pharmaceutical and chemical companies, as compared with the hospital, electronically-controlled devides, and branded consumer goods markets.


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