American E Tailers Take Europe By Storm

Companies such as Amazon.com and Yahoo! are pulling ahead of the locals

Discarded computer boxes are stacked outside the sparkling glass office complex in the Paris suburb of Guyancourt. Inside, dozens of fresh-faced workers toil in secret, preparing to launch an e-invasion. This is the French headquarters for Amazon.com Inc., the U.S. e-tailer of books, compact disks, and more. The American pioneer still hasn't announced when it will open for business in France, but Amazon could well turn the country into its latest European conquest.

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