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The Competition and Markets Authority said in a statement it would not refer the acquisition or eBay‘s purchase of a minority stake in Adevinta to further investigation.

The two companies said in March they planned to sell three smaller British units in order to secure regulatory approval for a long-planned tie-up of their global classified ads businesses.

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Adevinta in a statement welcomed the CMA move, and said it targeted completion of the acquisition in the second quarter this year, subject to regulator approval in Austria.

(Reporting by Tom Wilson; Editing by Dhara Ranasinghe)

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