retail news in context, analysis with attitude

FYI...stories in this section are, in my estimation, important and relevant to business. However, they are relegated to this slot because some MNB readers have made clear that they prefer a politics-free MNB; I can't do that because sometimes the news calls out for coverage and commentary, but at least I can make it easy for folks to skip it if they so desire.

I'm flexible.


• It remains to be seen whether federal regulators in the Trump administration will try to derail the $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon, but Politico makes the point that President Trump continues to lash out at the e-commerce giant in the same breaths as he attacks the Washington Post, which is owned in a personal investment by Amazon CEO/founder Jeff Bezos.

In one tweet this week, Trump asked if the Post is "a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?”
KC's View:
It is this kind of story that makes me think that the feds will try to stop the Amazon-Whole Foods deal, though it may have nothing to do with the merits of the acquisition.

Of course, we need to be clear about something - Amazon collects sales taxes in every state that imposes them. And I'm not sure what "monopoly" Amazon has.