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Amazon Under Fire in Europe as Germany Adds Antitrust Probe

  • German Cartel Office looking at how firm treats site’s sellers
  • Probe focuses on terms, adding to EU scrutiny of data abuse
Amazon Probed by German Cartel Office Over Marketplace Model
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Amazon.com Inc.’s "double role" as Germany’s largest retailer and biggest online host for smaller stores is the target of an antitrust probe into the terms the company sets for other sellers, the German Federal Cartel Office said.

The investigation into Amazon’s biggest market outside the U.S. adds to European Union scrutiny of whether the company gathers information on rival sellers’ successes to help launch its own products. German regulators said they’d received "numerous" complaints from sellers.