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Takeaway.com squeezes out core profit on strong order growth

AMSTERDAM, July 31 (Reuters) - Dutch food delivery company Takeaway.com NV said on Wednesday it became profitable on an operational level in the first half of 2019, as the acquisition of the German businesses of rival Delivery Hero SE drove orders up 70%.

Takeaway, which on Monday announced a $10 billion all-share deal to merge with British rival Just Eat Plc, said operating profit came in at 1.8 million euros ($2 million), on 185 million euros in sales, in the first half of 2019. ($1 = 0.8966 euros) (Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)