The FTC says the combination would not only lead to higher consumer prices, but set back workers’ bargaining prospects.
Washington state is suing to block the supermarket deal and the FTC and several state attorneys general have raised antitrust concerns.
The companies’ plans have drawn skepticism from trade unions, consumer advocate groups and Colorado's attorney general.
Kroger would become a bigger competitor against giants like Walmart, giving it more bargaining power over suppliers.
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