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Amazon Faces UK Probe Over Deliveroo Deal

An worker carries a bundle on the distribution heart of US on-line retail big Amazon in Moenchengladbach, on December 17, 2019. INA FASSBENDER / AFP


Britain’s competitors regulator on Friday launched an in-depth investigation into Amazon’s bid to purchase a part of on-line takeaway supply group Deliveroo.

The Competition and Markets Authority stated the so-called section two probe comes after the pair failed to handle preliminary “serious” considerations expressed by the CMA.

Announcing its plan for an investigation lasting as much as six months, the CMA stated it believes the tie-up may lead to a “substantial lessening of competition” within the UK on-line grocery supply sector wherein Amazon and Deliveroo are market leaders.

UK-based Deliveroo in May introduced that Amazon was the biggest investor in a $575-million funding spherical.

A Deliveroo spokeswoman on Friday stated the corporate was assured of persuading the CMA that Amazon’s “minority investment will add to competition, helping restaurants to grow their businesses, creating more work for riders, and increasing choice for customers”.

Created in 2013, Deliveroo has grown to delivering meals to shoppers in additional than 200 cities throughout 12 international locations.



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