FTC Clears PepsiCo Buy of Quaker Oats

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NEW YORK — The FTC voted unanimously on Wednesday to close its antitrust investigation into PepsiCo’s $14 billion acquisition of the Quaker Oats Co. after deadlocking over the issue of whether to seek a preliminary injunction to stop the deal.

The two companies are now able to proceed with internal negotiations and resolutions, according to FTC spokeswoman Cathy MacFarlane.

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