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EU opens in-depth inquiry into Fedex's takeover of TNT

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The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into Fedex's 4.4 billion euro ($4.9 billion) takeover of Dutch rival TNT Express.

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The Commission, said it had concerns that the merged entity would face insufficient competitive constraints in small package deliveries from the only two remaining players, UPS and DHL owned by Deutsche Post.

"Many businesses, and in particular e-commerce, rely heavily on affordable and reliable small package delivery services and many consumers depend on these services to ensure rapid and safe delivery of goods they have bought," Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

Fedex and TNT Express said they were still on track to complete their proposed combination in the first half of 2016, despite the announcement of the European Commission's in-depth review.

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