Dec 27, 2019

Amazon probed over plan to buy Deliveroo stake

The UK's competition watchdog is investigating Amazon's bid to buy a stake in food delivery firm Deliveroo. On Friday, the regulator said Amazon had failed to deal with "Initial concerns that their investment in Deliveroo could be bad for customers, restaurants and grocers". The CMA has been looking at the £440m deal since it was announced in May. However, the regulator said Amazon and Deliveroo had failed to offer any undertakings to address its concerns by a December 18 deadline. "There are relatively few players in these markets, so we're concerned that Amazon having this kind of influence over Deliveroo could dampen the emerging competition between the two businesses." In a statement, Amazon said the deal would lead to more innovation and allow Deliveroo to remain competitive.

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