SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's corporate watchdog said on Thursday it had competition concerns about the planned $130 billion merger between DuPont <DD.N> and Dow Chemical Co <DOW.N> and was in touch with overseas regulators on the deal.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission invited submissions from interested parties and said a final decision would be made on Feb. 2.
"The ACCC is concerned about the effect that the proposed merger may have on competition for a diverse range of products, including insecticides, seeds, and materials science products," ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.
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The merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont is being scrutinized by regulators world over, with EU antitrust officials expected to decide the deal by Feb. 6.
(Reporting by Wayne Cole)