horizontal combination

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Noun1.horizontal combination - absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in the same level of production and sharing resources at that level
consolidation, integration - the act of combining into an integral whole; "a consolidation of two corporations"; "after their consolidation the two bills were passed unanimously"; "the defendants asked for a consolidation of the actions against them"
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In Europe, horizontal combinations and price-fixing agreements (shipping conferences being notable examples) were acceptable although not legally enforceable forms of business practice.
Fourth, horizontal combinations were able to exploit a cost advantage from economies of scale and scope only if a central administrative control was quickly established which could rationalized production.