New Estimate Says Amazon's U.S. Online Market Share Not as Big as Prior Guess

A closely watched researcher has cut its estimate of Inc.'s share of the U.S. e-commerce market after incorporating new figures from the company. EMarketer Inc., among the most widely cited sources for estimates of U.S. online retail sales, says it now expects Amazon to account for 37.7% of online commerce this year, down from a prior estimate of 47%. The new market share numbers were reported earlier Thursday by the Information. An Amazon spokesman said EMarketer reached out to the company's analyst relations group after chief executive officer Jeff Bezos disclosed that independent merchants accounted for 58% of gross merchandise sales on the retail site -- the first time the company had made that metric public. EMarketer's revision comes as Amazon, along with Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc., face calls for an examination of their market power. Regulators in recent weeks divvied up antitrust oversight of the four companies, a sign to some observers that formal inquiries could be forthcoming. Amazon downplays its market size, saying it represents 4% of total retail spending in the U.S. Some of its critics say it's important to consider the company's clout specifically in e-commerce since spending online is growing at triple the pace of overall retail. In a veiled riposte to would-be trustbusters, Bezos disclosed the percentage of gross merchandise sales from merchants in a letter to shareholders in April. "Third-party sellers are kicking our first-party butt. Badly," he wrote.   Continue reading...

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