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Italy imposes a €1.1 billion ($1.28 billion) fine on Amazon for anti-competition behaviour

Amazon has been fined €1.1 billion ($1.28 billion) in Italy, with the country’s competition regulator saying the tech giant has abused its dominant market position.

Italy imposes a €1.1 billion ($1.28 billion) fine on Amazon for anti-competition behaviour

Italy imposes a €1.1 billion ($1.28 billion) fine on Amazon for anti-competition behaviour

The Italian regulator considers that Amazon has sought to direct the country’s companies towards its logistics service, which is seen as a way of harming other e-commerce platforms and continuing to cement its dominant position.

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Remember that this is not the only occasion in recent times that Amazon has been fined in Italy, having previously been fined jointly with Apple. However, Amazon has already told Engadget that it intends to appeal in court:

“We strongly disagree with the decision of the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) and we will appeal. The proposed fine and remedies are unjustified and disproportionate. More than half of all annual sales on Amazon in Italy come from SMBs, and their success is at the heart of our business model. Small and medium-sized businesses have multiple channels to sell their products both online and offline: Amazon is just one of those options. We constantly invest to support the growth of the 18,000 Italian SMBs that sell on Amazon, and we provide multiple tools to our sellers, including those who manage shipments themselves.”

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