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Office Depot survival in question if merger with Staples fails, analysts say

Office Depot will have to “get creative,” as one analyst puts it, if the Federal Trade Commission blocks its acquisition by Staples.

Deeper inquiries into the merger have fueled speculation on Wall Street that the proposal could be struck down. Stock prices for both companies have declined in recent weeks amid reports both U.S. and European regulators are questioning the anti-competitive effects of the merger, which would create the largest office-supply retailer in the nation.

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