Acting on the ACCC clearance of Staples Inc.’s US$6.3 billion global acquisition of Office Depot, Inc (trading in Australia as OfficeMax). Involved a detailed five-month review in which the ACCC defined a market in which the merged firm’s market share exceeded 80%. Unconditional, phase one clearance for this highly contentious transaction was obtained. The transaction did not proceed after Staples failed in a bid to overturn an adverse US Federal Trade Commission decision.

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