Office Depot

FTC Rejects Staples’ Revised Offer on Office Depot
December 22, 2015 at 10:40 am

Staples offered to give up $1.25 billion in commercial contracts to acquire Office Depot, but federal regulators have rejected it, the company said Monday. The Federal Trade Commission, which is suing to stop the $6.3 billion merger, declined comment on Staples’ claim. Staples said it will continue its court fight to acquire its competitor headquartered…

As Office Depot Merger Falters, Staples’ Next Step Won’t Be Easy
December 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

Staples Inc. needs a Plan B as federal regulators move to block its merger with rival Office Depot Inc., analysts said Tuesday. But whatever that plan turns out to be, it won’t be as simple as pressing the big, red “Easy” button that once dominated Staples’ advertising. Staples’ next step — assuming its challenge to…

FTC Sues to Block Merger of Office Depot and Staples
December 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

The Federal Trade Commission has taken the first step toward blocking the proposed $6.3 billion merger of Staples and Office Depot, saying the deal would hurt competition in the market for office supplies sold to large corporations. The commission filed an administrative complaint charging that the merger between Massachusetts-based Staples, the world's largest seller of…

Staples Ready to Offer FTC More Assets to Win Office Depot
December 4, 2015 at 10:15 am

Staples Inc. is ready to offer additional concessions to resolve U.S. antitrust concerns that its proposed takeover of Office Depot Inc. — which would leave one national office-supply chain — would threaten competition, according to two people familiar with the matter. Representatives from Staples and Office Depot are meeting this week with Federal Trade Commission…

Regulators Ready to Block Staples-Office Depot Merger
November 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

Federal regulators scrutinizing Staples’ $6 billion-plus bid to buy rival Office Depot are leaning against the deal and are preparing to block it, The Post has learned. Regulators are wary of a tie-up that will result in a single nationwide office supply giant to serve big corporate and government clients, two sources said. The Federal Trade Commission…

Staples’ Customers Take Dim View of $6B Office Depot Deal
November 19, 2015 at 11:45 am

Staples may need to “Make More Happen” to resolve antitrust concerns about its proposed takeover of closest rival Office Depot. Several of Staples’ big corporate customers have told government regulators in recent days that they aren’t satisfied with the company’s proposed asset sales to win regulatory approval, The Post has learned.

FTC Seeks Remedy for Staples-Office Depot Deal
October 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

The odds of Staples gaining regulatory clearance for its $6.3 billion purchase of rival Office Depot have improved greatly, according to a confidential report on Monday. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met last Friday with a large corporate customer of Staples to discuss an antitrust remedy to get the deal done, according to the report issued…

Office Depot, Staples Merger Under Scrutiny in Europe
September 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

The $6.3 billion merger between the top two office supply chains has hit yet another bump: the European Union opened an “extensive” investigation into the would-be union of Staples and rival Office Depot. Reuters reports that EU antitrust regulators are probing the possibilities of price hikes should the two chains walk down the aisle. The EU said…

Antitrust Scrutiny of Staples-Office Depot Merger Increases
September 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is stepping up its probe of Staples Inc.’s takeover of rival Office Depot Inc., seeking sworn legal declarations that could be used if antitrust enforcers decide to challenge the deal, according to people contacted by the agency. The requests for sworn statements from other market participants about the deal’s impact on the…

Staples Deal Draws U.S. Queries About B-to-B Customer Harm
August 25, 2015 at 11:39 am

U.S. antitrust officials examining Staples Inc.’s planned takeover of Office Depot Inc. are zeroing in on the sale of office supplies to large corporate customers, according to three people familiar with the matter. While consumers can pick up paper and pens anywhere, there are fewer suppliers that can serve companies that buy products in large quantities…