EU antitrust regulators to probe Google’s adtech business by year-end

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators are set to open a formal investigation into Alphabet (NASDAQ:) unit Google’s digital advertising practices, people familiar with the matter said, with the move likely to come before the end of the year.

A European Commission probe could pose the biggest threat to Google, which made $147 billion in revenue from online ads last year, more than any other company in the world.

Ads on its own properties, including search, YouTube and Gmail, accounted for the bulk of sales and profits. About 16% of revenue came from its display or network business, in which other media companies use Google technology to sell ads on their website and apps.

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