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Nokia on the cusp of Microsoft deal in China

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft, removing one of the last major hurdles to the €5.4bn (£4.4bn) deal.

The Finnish company says it expects the transaction to close by the end of the month, having acquired the necessary approvals from regulatory bodies including in the US, the European Union and other jurisdictions.

Nokia is contesting a legal case in Madras, India, where local authorities want it to pay sales tax on the export of devices made at Nokia's plant in Chennai. But the company said the case would not delay the overall deal.

Belfast Telegraph