In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
The proposed merger of Staples and Essendant should be denied by the FTC. The current economic climate of decreased competition as well as larger stores that cater to smaller and smaller demographic areas is damaging not only to competition but to the American public as a whole. I believe the FTC should take strong look at this and other private equity funded mergers that would lead to more company bankruptcies like we have seen with Sears and Toys-R-Us in the past few years.