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CCI approves Amazon-Witzig bid to acquire Aditya Birla Retail Ltd

The twin approvals by the country's anti-monopoly watchdog comes within a month of Centre tightening the norms for foreign direct investment (FDI) in e-commerce

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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The (CCI) on Friday approved the acquisition of India's fourth largest supermarket chain, (ABRL), by (WASPL), while simultaneously giving the go-ahead to an subsidiary to pick up a 49% stake in WASPL.

"approves acquisition of 99.99 per cent of the equity share capital of Aditya Birla Retail Limited (ABRL) by Witzig Advisory Services Private Limited," the tweeted.

The fair trade regulator also approved a proposal by com NV Investment Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of US online retail giant Amazon, to acquire a 49 per cent stake in Witzig Advisory Services, a joint venture controlled by private equity firm Samara Capital.

"approves acquisition of 49 per cent equity share capital of Witzig Advisory Services Private Limited by com NV Investment Holdings LLC," it said in another tweet.

The twin approvals by the country's anti-monopoly watchdog come within a month of the Centre tightening the norms for foreign direct investment (FDI) in e-commerce.

On December 26, 2018, the government banned the sale of goods produced by an entity in which an e-commerce venture has a stake, on its online platform. It also barred e-commerce venture from controlling inventory on its platforms.

ABRL is the retail arm of $44-billion Aditya Birla Group. The company is a player in the food and grocery retail sectors under the brand 'More' with two formats -- Supermarket and Hypermarkets -- as per its website.

Currently, it has 532 supermarkets and 20 hypermarkets across India.

First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 20:22 IST
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