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Nielsen’s $1.26 Billion Purchase of Arbitron Cleared by U.S.

Nielsen Holdings NV, the biggest tracker of U.S. television ratings, won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its $1.26 billion acquisition of Arbitron Inc.

Clearance of the deal requires Nielsen to sell and license assets related to Arbitron’s audience-measurement services for different forms of media under a settlement reached with the agency, according to a statement yesterday.