US Governments wants information on US3.4b Adobe acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Government antitrust regulators are seeking more information about the pending $3.4 billion (euro2.83 billion) acquisition of Macromedia Inc. by Adobe Systems Inc. before allowing the deal to go through, the companies said. 

The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information about design tools offered by the companies, which are two of the top providers of graphic design software, Adobe spokeswoman Holly Campbell said Monday. 

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment other than to say that a request for information _ in this case on Adobe's Illustrator and Macromedia's FreeHand software _ is not a rare occurrence when the government is reviewing an acquisition. 

After providing the information, the companies must wait the required 30 days before the Justice Department will approve the sale. The companies said in a statement they still expect the sale to close later this year. 

"We intend to act promptly to this request for information,'' Campbell said. 

In April, San Jose-based Adobe, which also makes the Photoshop image software and a host of other programs, announced it was purchasing Macromedia in an all-stock sale. 

Analysts say Adobe wants to purchase San Francisco-based Macromedia to help it fend off a foray that Microsoft Corp. is planning to make into document-sharing and Web imaging software next year. 

Adobe wants to combine the Acrobat document-sharing program with Macromedia's Flash software for creating and viewing interactive content on Web sites. - AP 

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