Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) has offered additional concessions in order to allay any antitrust concerns over its proposed Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP) takeover.
Representatives from both office retail chains are meeting with Federal Trade Commission officials this week as the deadline for the agency's approval of the merger is Dec. 8, Bloomberg reported.
Office Depot agreed to sell to Staples for $6.11 billion back in February of 2015. Under the agreement, the companies would sell Office Depot assets with revenues of up to $1.25 billion in order to gain antitrust approval.
Thus far, Staples has agreed to transfer some contracts to Essendant, a distributor of office supplies located in Deerfield, Illinois.
Two years ago, the FTC approved Office Depot's 2013 acquisition of OfficeMax and the current deal on the table would combine the No. 1 and No. 2 office supply companies in the U.S.
-See this Bloomberg article
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