Austria’s competition authority launches probe into Amazon

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company’s office in Bengaluru, India, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s competition authority has initiated an investigation against Amazon on suspicion that it had violated Austrian and European antitrust law, it said on Thursday.

The regulator said it would examine terms and conditions under which the U.S. firm grants Austrian retailers access to its marketplace.

“There is a suspicion that Amazon puts other retailers on a disadvantage on its marketplace, thereby trying to favor its own offerings,” it said in a statement.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Edmund Blair

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