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The Wall Street Journal: Amazon, Whole Foods look to head off lengthy deal review

Amazon.com Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. are giving U.S. antitrust enforcers more time to complete an early review their planned tie-up, a strategy companies sometimes use in a bid to head off a potentially lengthy government investigation.

The government’s initial 30-day clock for reviewing the deal started June 23, a week after Amazon AMZN, -0.29% announced its plans to acquire Whole Foods WFM, -0.12% for $13.7 billion including debt. But in a corporate filing Friday, Whole Foods said Amazon would re-file documents next week seeking government approval on the deal, effectively re-starting the clock and removing some of the deadline pressure.

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