Just Eat, the takeaway delivery platform being bought by Takeaway.com, said it expected to report 2019 core earnings of about £200m.

This is towards the top of its guidance range of £185-205m. 

The company also said today it had agreed to partner fast-food chain McDonald's in Ireland and the UK, becoming the group's second delivery provider after Uber Eats.

Netherlands-based Takeaway beat rival Prosus to buy Just Eat in a £6.2 billion all-share deal that will create one of the world's largest meal delivery companies. 

There was a last-minute hitch however on Friday when UK competition authorities said they would probe the deal. 

Takeaway said the investigation would only delay completion of the takeover until the end of this week. 

Just Eat said orders in Britain, its biggest market, were up 8%, which would represent less than half of the 17% growth achieved in 2018.

It said it was seeing good order momentum in its other markets, including Australia, Italy and Switzerland. 

Revenue for the year would be about £1 billion, it said, just meeting guidance of £1-1.1 billion.