EU antitrust regulators may narrow Amazon investigation

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EU antitrust regulators may narrow the scope of their year-long investigation into Amazon to speed up the case from the US e-commerce giant, people knowledgeable about the matter told journalists.

Splitting the Amazon case could address complaints by competitions that antitrust enforcers take too much time to deal with damage done to them via anti-competitive clinics and that rulings don’t keep pace with evolving markets.

EU regulators adopted a similar strategy against Google by first addressing complaints regarding its cost comparison shopping service and then opening investigations into different regions of its business.

The European Commission started an investigation to Amazon at July 2019, focusing on whether its double role as a marketplace for retailers and also as a competitor selling the same products may give it an unfair advantage.

The analysis is also taking a look at the use of data in the variety of Amazon’s “Buy Box” winners that appear on the best of merchandise pages saying “Buy now” or “Add to basket” and drive about 80 percent of sales.

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On the other hand, the EU’s competition enforcer is presently considering splitting the two issues to concentrate on one, making it simpler to move forward with the situation, among those people told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters.

“The data case seems weaker,” the person said, adding that no last decision was made on whether to divide the situation, nor which angle to focus on first.

The sources said also said there was a debate over whether the situation ought to be examined under antitrust regulations designed to fight anti-competitive arrangements such as cartels, or under principles to stop companies abusing their market power.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Foo Yun Chee. Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and David Clarke.

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