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Google CFO expects Fitbit acquisition to clear by end of year

Google announced its plans to buy Fitbit for $2.1bn in November 2019.
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Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat said the company anticipates its bid for Fitbit will be completed this year, despite extensive regulatory probes of the deal and a major antitrust case by the US government.

“We do still expect we are going to receive the necessary regulatory approvals to hopefully complete the transaction before the end of this year,” Porat said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “But the time frame may extend beyond that.”

Google announced its plans to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion in November 2019, noting that it would use the smartwatch maker to improve its lagging hardware business. The deal has faced criticism and regulatory scrutiny in Europe and the US. Earlier this month, the US Department of Justice sued Google parent Alphabet for abusing antitrust laws.

Google has previously said it planned for the Fitbit deal to close in 2020. On Wednesday, Fitbit said in a filing that the completion date for the merger was extended until February of 2021.

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