Dec 27, 2019

Amazon deal with UK’s Deliveroo thrown into doubt

Amazon's attempt to return to the UK food delivery market by leading a $575m investment in Deliveroo has been thrown into doubt by competition authorities, who announced an in-depth investigation into the deal on Friday. The move by the UK Competition and Markets Authority, which has the power to order the deal to be unwound, marks its increased wariness over the scale of business interests of Amazon and other big technology companies and comes as it begins to set up a new tech regulator to police them more tightly. Amazon closed its own delivery company, Amazon Restaurants, in 2018. Deliveroo has been experimenting with rapid deliveries from Co-op and Sainsbury's convenience stores, while Amazon has a tie-up with Morrisons, the supermarket chain, for same-day online grocery deliveries in some UK cities. An Amazon spokesperson said: "A homegrown UK business like Deliveroo should have broad access to investors and supporters."

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