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Published reports suggest that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may give the go-ahead for Nestlé's $2.8 billion takeover of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream as soon as Friday.

Once antitrust objections are dropped, the deal would make Nestle tied with Unilever for the top spot in the US ice cream market.

Unloading some brands probably will be a prerequisite for the deal to continue.

Neither company was prepared to comment on the speculation.
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