In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
The Staples/Essendant merger presents a clear and unacceptable threat to competition, and the Commission must therefore block this merger. Private equity related mergers like this one often lead to anti-competitive outcomes by reducing the number and scope of different firms in a given market. The FTC should block this merger and scrutinize other such mergers that substitute competition with acquisition, at the risk of racking up debt.