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Amazon’s $1.7 Billion iRobot Deal gets green light

Amazon.com Inc.’s proposed $1.7 billion deal to buy robot vacuum firm iRobot Corp. was given the all-clear by the UK’s antitrust agency, sending shares in the Bedford, Massachusetts firm soaring.

The deal will not lead to antitrust concerns in UK market

IRobot soars by 20% at market open; Amazon down by 1%

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Amazon seals the iRobot deal

The Competition and Markets Authority said the deal would not lead to competition concerns in the UK market after an initial review, according to a statement Friday.

Shares of Amazon fell slightly at the open as the deal still faces an in-depth review by the Federal Trade Commission in the US and a review by the European Commission in Brussels.

The EU will decide on whether to start a phase 2 probe by July 6.

The iRobot deal, announced in August, has raised competition and privacy worries from tech advocacy groups as the e-commerce giant seeks more internet-connected devices in people’s homes.

IRobot shares rose as much as 20% to at market open, while Amazon fell 1%.


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