The announcement is a blow to U.P.S.ís expansion outside of the United States as the deal for TNT Express would have given the American company a larger presence in European and emerging markets.
Since first announcing the deal last March, U.P.S. had faced difficulties with European regulators, who feared that the takeover would hamper competition.
To appease antitrust concerns, U.P.S. had agreed to sell a number of business units and to grant access to some of its airline network to rivals. TNT Express also said it would sell its own airline operations as part of the antitrust concessions.
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