Australian watchdog approves NAB’s acquisition of Citi’s local consumer business By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the National Australia Bank is displayed outside their headquarters building in central Sydney, Australia August 4, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

(Reuters) – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Thursday said it would not oppose National Australia Bank (OTC:)’s proposed acquisition of Citigroup (NYSE:)’s local consumer banking business.

The watchdog’s review, which focused mostly on NAB’s credit card business, found that the deal would not limit competition in the sector, ACCC said in a statement.

“NAB today is smaller in credit cards than its major bank rivals, and we don’t consider adding Citi’s card operations to NAB will materially change the level of competition,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

NAB, Australia’s second-biggest bank, said in August it would buy Citigroup Australia Pty Ltd for about $882.24 million, as the American bank prepares to exit the region in the face of strong challenges to the old credit card business model from buy-now, pay-later companies.

NAB could not be immediately reached for comment.

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