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Whole Foods Takes Merger Fight To Courtroom

When the U.S. government goes to court this week to try to block Whole Foods Market Inc.'s planned purchase of Wild Oats Markets Inc., the judge will wrestle with this question: Which of John Mackey's arguments is most convincing?

The Federal Trade Commission contends Whole Foods and Wild Oats operate in a distinct market for premium natural and organic groceries and the $565 million deal would curtail competition and raise prices in that segment. To make its case, the agency is relying on comments by Mr. Mackey, the chief ...

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