Staples and Office Depot became the latest companies to abandon plans for a merger after facing scrutiny on antitrust grounds.
A U.S. district court Tuesday, sided with the Federal Trade Commission against the $6 billion deal, sending both companies' stocks plummeting. As CNBC.com reported last week, while the overall failure rate for mergers remains near 5 percent, the biggest combinations do appear to be falling apart more often than in the past.
The pattern changes depending on the size of each deal — the trend is clearest for those worth more than $25 billion, according to FactSet data on attempted acquisitions of U.S. companies. Explore the data by sorting by deal size and hovering over each bar below. Blue is completed and red is canceled.