GOVERNMENT: Confusion in Trustbusting

Businessmen are often confused by the contradictory actions of the U.S. trustbusters. Last week they had even more reason for confusion. The Federal Trade Commission ruled last month that a merger would not tend automatically to create a monopoly even though it gave 45.6% of the household steel-wool market to one company, Brillo Manufacturing Co. But last week the Justice Department sued to break a deal that would give 21% of the detergent market to Lever Bros. Co.

The U.S. wants Lever to give up its right to make All, a detergent that...

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