March 20, 2018 / 11:09 AM / a year ago

EU antitrust regulators to decide by Aug. 9 on Linde, Praxair tie-up

Linde Group logo is seen at company building before the annual news conference in Munich, Germany March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Lukas Barth

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators have set a new deadline of Aug. 9 to decide whether to clear the proposed $85 billion merger of industrial gas companies Praxair and Linde after a three-week halt in the proceedings.

The European Commission on Feb. 26 suspended its investigation into the deal, which will create a global leader, while waiting for the companies to provide information.

The companies plan to divest assets across Europe to address EU competition concerns, according to sources.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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