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3M gives up on acquisition amid Justice Department antitrust threat

3M's plan for a $550 million acquisition of Avery Dennison Corp.'s office products division has been cancelled. The Justice Department planned an antitrust lawsuit if the companies went through with the deal, which would have given 3M control of more than 80 percent of the market for labels and sticky notes.
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3M's plan for a $550 million acquisition of Avery Dennison Corp.'s office products division has been cancelled. The Justice Department planned an antitrust lawsuit if the companies went through with the deal, which would have given 3M control of more than 80 percent of the market for labels and sticky notes.

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