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horizontal integrationnoun [U]

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ECONOMICS a ​situation in which a ​companybuys another ​company that has the same ​activities: The ​distributionsystem was ​consolidated by ​horizontalintegration of ​wholesalers. The most significant ​change for ​globalcorporations has been the ​move to ​horizontalintegration during the later 20th and early 21st centuries.
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