Thursday 20 June 2019

Amazon under investigation again as Austria's anti-competition regulator examines terms set for smaller vendors

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Louise Kelly

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Amazon's use of its market strength in comparison with other retailers that use the platform as a marketplace is the subject of an anti-competition probe by Austria's regulator.

The country's competition authority said it has launched an investigation into whether the global giant is exploiting its dominance, Reuters have reported.

In November, German regulators also announced an investigation into Amazon's 'double role' as Germany's largest retailer and biggest online host for smaller stores.

The German Federal Cartel Office said they were looking into the terms the company sets for other sellers after receiving "numerous" complaints from sellers.

The Austrian regulator, meanwhile, said it would also examine terms and conditions under which Amazon grants Austrian vendors access to its marketplace.

"There is a suspicion that Amazon puts other retailers on a disadvantage on its marketplace, thereby trying to favor its own offerings," it said in a statement.

Amazon did not immediately have a comment when Reuters reached out to them for comment.

Additional reporting from Reuters

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