The investigation may focus on whether the company gives preference to sellers who use its logistics and delivery services, the Financial Times newspaper writes.
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering following the EU to launch an antitrust investigation against the US Company Amazon for abusing its dominant position in the e-retail market. This was reported on Thursday by the Financial Times newspaper.
The CMA has been analyzing Amazon’s business for months; focusing on how the company uses the data it collects on its platform. The investigation may focus on whether the company gives preference to sellers who also use its logistics and delivery services, informed sources told the publication.
According to them, the focus of the British investigation is likely to be the same aspects on which the representatives of the European Commission (EC) are focused.
The EC is currently conducting two antitrust investigations against Amazon.
One of them examines the company’s business practices aimed at providing greater visibility on the platform and other illegal preferences to the company’s own offers compared to independent sellers who use its electronic infrastructure, logistics, and delivery systems. The rules for using Amazon services, according to the EC, knowingly and intentionally infringe on the rights of independent sellers on its platform. Another investigation, launched in November 2020, concerns, according to the European Commission, Amazon’s illegal use of all the information it receives about the transactions of other companies on its platform to accurately market its own products.