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Bloomberg reports that Amazon’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.”
KC's View:
I can answer the question right now - of course Amazon pays attention to what branded products sell well, so it can decide where to create own-label versions. So does every retailer with a private label presence. Now, this may be against the law in Germany … but is just sounds to me like the normal conduct of commerce.