Reckitt & Colman plc, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Reckitt & Colman plc.
FTC Matter/File Number:

9910306

Docket Number:

3918

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

The FTC accepted a consent agreement that allowed Reckitt & Colman plc to acquire all of the voting securities of Benckiser N.V. from NRV Vermogenswerwaltung GmbH, while ensuring that competition in two highly concentrated household cleaning product markets is maintained. According to the complaint, the markets for hard surface bathroom cleaners and fine fabric wash products are highly concentrated, and the proposed acquisition was likely to substantially increase the concentration in each market. Under the agreement, Benckiser's Scrub Free® and Delicare® businesses would be divested to Church & Dwight, Inc., which also produces household cleaning products, selling items under the Arm & Hammer® brand name.