The Eu Goes Trustbusting

KIMBERLY-CLARK AND SCOTT Paper have hit a snag in their merger plans. The European Union is launching an antitrust probe that could end up forcing the paper-goods companies to sell a chunk of their assets in Europe, where combined sales exceed $2 billion. In the U.S., the deal is undergoing a Justice Dept. review, with results expected by November. As the biggest players in Europe's merger wave, U.S. companies are getting hit hard by the EU's feisty competition authority: They're involved in about 25 of the 81 EU antitrust cases thus far this year.

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