The combined company will have increased leverage selling and distributing food goods from manufacturers to restaurants, hospitals, hotels, schools and other institutions.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard, who votes on policy this year, said the odds of tapering bond purchases have risen along with gains in the labor market, and any reduction should be modest to account for low inflation.
NEW YORK�The dollar held above �103 after U.S. jobs data suggested the Federal Reserve may scale back its bond-buying program as early as next week.
Stocks inched higher as investors digested the previous session's big gains, awaited speeches from a number of Federal Reserve bank presidents and looked ahead to the prospect of a budget deal later this week.
Household wealth in the U.S. increased from July through September as improvement in the home and equity markets boosted American balance sheets.