Amazon-Whole Foods deal: Senator questions quick approval

A U.S. senator on Friday questioned the Federal Trade Commission's quick approval of Amazon.com Inc's purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc this week, less than three months after the $13.7 billion deal was announced.

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The FTC on Wednesday said it ended its antitrust investigation without seeking a second request for additional information on the deal that has sent shock waves through the grocery industry.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a statement on Friday that she is concerned about the FTC's decision to "not fully review" the deal, which was announced on June 16.

"Amazon's increased access to data on consumers and their behavior, and its dominance in internet retail sales, raises questions about whether this merger harms consumers and suppresses competition," she said.