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Amazon Under Investigation For Claims It Prevented Fair Competition

Fresh from a record growth spell in Australia, Amazon is now under investigation in Germany with the Countries antitrust agency accusing the big online retailer from preventing fair competition via the retailers online marketplace.

The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, said in a statement that it has received ‘many complaints’ over the treatment of third-party sellers.

The bureau added a list of Amazon’s practices that may be considered abusive that it is investigating.

These include withholding payments, blocking seller accounts without explanation, and the misuse of sellers’ information.

Officials said the Company stands accused of abusing its market position to the detriment of merchants using its platform.

An office said it would also closely examine whether Amazon’s position is hindering these sellers and if they have become dependent on the retail giant to make sales.

‘Amazon’s “double role” as the largest retailer and largest marketplace has the potential to hinder other sellers on its platform,’ said agency head Andreas Mundt.

‘We will scrutinise its terms of business and practices toward sellers.’

A separate investigation into Amazon’s use of data is already underway by the European Union’s Competition Commission.

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