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The Federal Trade Commission today announced the following actions:

Application for approval of proposed divestiture:

The following parties have applied for approval of a proposed divestiture, pursuant to a proposed decision and consent order previously accepted by the Commission for public comment on June 15: Lafarge S.A., (Lafarge) Blue Circle Industries PLC, Blue Circle North America Inc., and Blue Circle Inc. (collectively, Blue Circle). Paragraph II.A. of the consent order requires the parties to divest the "Great Lakes Assets" no later than 180 days after Lafarge consummates its proposed acquisition of Blue Circle. Through this petition, the parties have requested approval of the divestiture of these assets to S.A. Industrias Votorantim.

The Commission is accepting public comments on the proposed divestiture for 30 days, until July 18, 2001, after which it will decide whether to approve the parties' request. Comments should be sent to: FTC Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. (FTC File No. 001-0112; staff contact is Richard Liebeskind, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2441; see press release dated June 18, 2001.)

Consent agreement given final approval:

Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final a consent agreement regarding the following: Gateway, Inc. The Commission vote to finalize the consent agreement was 4-0, with Chairman Timothy J. Muris not participating. (FTC File No. 992-3276; staff contact is Linda K. Badger, FTC Western Region-San Francisco, 415-848-5151; see press release dated May 15, 2001.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC's Web site at and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint, or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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