According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, the U.S. Justice Department has approved Uber Technologies Inc’s acquisition of Postmates, a food delivery company.
Earlier in July, Uber had announced that it would acquire Postmates for $2.65 billion in an all-stock deal after its bid to acquire rival Grubhub Inc fell apart over regulatory and other concerns.
In a regulatory filing Uber had stated in September that the Justice Department was also scrutinizing its plan to buy Postmates over antitrust worries.
The DoJ had paused the deal in until both companies complied with the government’s request for more details, to receive the approval.
The acquisition will help Uber in expanding its share in the food delivery market and significantly increase the business of supplying everyday goods; it will be at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged its ride-hailing service. Neither the Justice Department, Postmates nor Uber immediately responded to requests for comments.