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India's Ola and Uber deny report of merger talks

UBER Technologies and its Indian rival Ola on Friday (Jul 29) denied a media report that the ride-hailing firms were in talks for a merger.

July 30, 2022 / 09:07 AM IST
Cab aggregators Uber / Ola. | Representative Image

Cab aggregators Uber / Ola. | Representative Image

UBER Technologies and its Indian rival Ola on Friday (Jul 29) denied a media report that the ride-hailing firms were in talks for a merger.

An Economic Times report said that Ola chief executive Bhavish Aggarwal had met top Uber executives in San Francisco, United States, citing 2 sources.

"That report is inaccurate. We are not, nor have we been, in merger talks with Ola," Uber said in a statement.

Ola's Aggarwal tweeted, "Absolute rubbish. We're very profitable and growing well. If some other companies want to exit their business from India they are welcome to! We will never merge."

The 2 companies have been slugging it out in an intensely competitive Indian market and have spent billions in incentives and discounts to passengers.

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Uber sold its local food delivery business Uber Eats to Zomato in January 2020, while Ola shut down its grocery delivery business and has of late invested billions of dollars in its electric vehicle venture, Ola Electric Mobility.
Reuters
first published: Jul 30, 2022 09:07 am
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