Done deal for merger of two supermarket giants

The Federal Trade Commission has given its blessing to a deal that creates the fourth largest supermarket company in the United States.

Delhaize Group, based in Belgium, is the owner of Food Lion. Ahold, based in the Netherlands, is the parent company of Stop & Shop. The combined company, called Ahold Delhaize, will generate about 61% of its revenue in the U.S. It operate some 6,500 stores under a portfolio of banners.