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Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules

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Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a, as added by Title II of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, requires persons contemplating certain mergers or acquisitions to give the Federal Trade Commission and the Assistant Attorney General advance notice and to wait designated periods before consummation of such plans. Section 7A(b)(2) of the Act permits the agencies, in individual cases, to terminate this waiting period prior to its expiration and requires that notice of this action be published in the Federal Register.

The following transactions were granted early termination of the waiting period provided by law and the premerger notification rules. The grants were made by the Federal Trade Commission and the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Neither agency intends to take any action with respect to these proposed acquisitions during the applicable waiting period.

Trans#AcquiringAcquiredEntities
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/17/2004
20040774BioMarin Pharmaceutical IncMedicis Pharmaceutical CorporationAscent Pediatrics, Inc.
20040809IDEX CorporationScivex, IncScivex, Inc.
20040843Convergys CorporationAlan L. SummerlinEncore Receivable Management, Inc.
20040857Green Equity Investors IV, L.PHollywood Entertainment CorporationHollywood Entertainment Corporation.
20040862Black Hills CorporationXcel Energy IncCheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Company.
20040865STB Beauty, IncMD Beauty, IncMD Beauty, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/18/2004
20040845GTCR Fund VIII, L.PHoneywell International IncHoneywell International Inc.
20040868Goense Bounds & Partners A, L.PITG Holdings LLCEMESS Design Group LLC.
20040870Helen of Troy LimitedWKI Holding Company, IncWorld Kitchen (GHC) LLC, World Kitchen Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/19/2004
20040854Eaton CorporationInvensys plcPowerware Group Inc.
20040864Sonoco Products CompanyCorrFlex Graphics, LLCCorrFlex Graphics, LLC.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/20/2004
20040810Medlmmune, IncWyethWyeth.
20040850Centrica PlcFPL Group, IncBastrop Energy Partners L.P.
20040851FPL Group, IncEl Paso CorporationBastrop Energy Partners, L.P.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/24/2004
20040858R2 Investments, LDCi2 Technologies, Inci2 Technologies, Inc.
20040866V.F. CorporationVans, IncVans, Inc.
20040873BMC Software, IncMarimba, IncMarimba, Inc.
20040877The Wine Group LLCGolden State Vintners, IncGolden State Vintners, Inc.
20040885Onex Partners LPRes-Care, IncRes-Care, Inc.
20040886Brooklyn Sports, LLCGW New Jersey Sports Partnership II, LLCNew Jersey Basketball, LLC.
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20040888TPG Partners IV, L.PJLL Partners Fund III, L.PIASIS Healthcare Corporation.
20040892U.S. BancorpMitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, IncUnion Bank of California.
20040893Zhone Technologies, IncSorrento Networks CorporationSorrento Networks Corporation.
20040897Reebok International LtdThe Hockey Company Holdings IncThe Hockey Company Holdings Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/25/2004
20040798Sempra EnergyAmerican Electric Power Company, IncAEP Texas Central Company.
20040799Carlyle/Riverstone TAC Investment Partnership II, L.PAmerican Electric Power Company, IncAEP Texas Central Company.
20040818Lyondell Chemical CompanyMillennium Chemicals, IncMillennium Chemicals, Inc.
20040867Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.POak Hill Capital Partners, L.PCaribbean Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
20040875Input/Output, IncGX Technology CorporationGX Technology Corporation.
20040878Ripplewood Partners II, L.PAkzo Nobel N.VAkzo Nobel Functional Chemicals LLC.
20040880NKT Holding A/SThe Estate After Incentive A/SALTO International A/S.
20040890John C. Malone, c/o Liberty Media CorporationLiberty Media CorporationLiberty Media Corporation.
20040901Capital Z Financial Services Fund II, L.PIngram Industries IncPermanent General Assurance Corporation of Ohio, Permanent General Companies, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/28/2004
20040756CVS CorporationJ.C. Penney Company, IncEckerd Corporation, Eckerd Corporation of Florida, Inc. Eckerd Fleet, Inc., E.T.B., Inc., Genovese Drug Stores, Inc., Genplus Managed Care, Inc., JEC Facilities Funding II, Inc., JEC Funding, Inc., TDI Managed Care Services, Inc., Thrift Drug, Inc.
20040838David H. MurdockWood Holdings, IncWood Holdings, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—06/01/2004
20040871Macquarie Bank LimitedExecutive Air Support, IncExecutive Air Support, Inc.
20040874LGB Pike TrustJohn Charles SimpsonRed Simpson, Inc.
20040876VCA Antech, IncNational PetCare Centers, IncNational PetCare Centers, Inc.
20040891Superior Plus Income FundThe Winroc CorporationThe Winroc Corporation.
20040900Kenneth R. ThomsonArchipelago Holdings, IncArchipelago Holdings, Inc.
20040903Marathon Oil CorporationAshland IncAshland, Inc., Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC.
20040914American Coal Holdings, LLCRAG AktiengesellschaftRAG American Coal Holding, Inc.
20040926FFS Holdings, IncHillenbrand Industries, IncForethought Federal Savings Bank, Forethought Financial Services, Inc., Forethought Life Assurance Company, Forethought Life Insurance Company.
20040931Providence Equity Partners IV L.PThe DIRECTV Group, IncPanAmSat Corporation.
20040934Fenway Partners Capital Fund II, L.PRK Holdings and Leasing, IncRK Holdings and Leasing, Inc.
20040937KKR Millennium Fund L.PThe DIRECTV Group, IncPanAmSat Corporation.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—06/03/2004
20040936Thomson S.AThe DIRECTV Group, IncHughes Network Systems, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—06/04/2004
20040837Itron, IncSchlumberger LimitedSchlumberger Electricity, Inc., Waisin Schlumberger Electricity Measurement Corporation.
20040908Siemens AktiengesellschaftVeolia Environment S.AUSF Holdings Inc.
20040918Genstar Capital Partners III, L.PWoods Equipment CompanyWoods Equipment Company.
20040920CCG Investments BVI, L.PNxTrend Technology, IncNxTrend Technology, Inc.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sandra M. Peay, Contact Representative, or Renee Hallman, Case Management Assistant: Federal Trade Commission, Premerger Notification Office, Bureau of Competition, Room H-303, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-3100.

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By Direction of the Commission.

Donald S. Clark,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 04-14134 Filed 6-22-04; 8:45 am]

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