The Amazon Economy

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has changed the way that global consumers go shopping.

UPS cuts forecast as it boosts spending

Effort to avoid repeat of Christmas delays

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Explore how variations in key assumptions can change Amazon’s potential market value and share price
Warehouse to powerhouse

Amazon: cloudy outlook

Jeff Bezos must justify the bet on web services

Amazon dives after losses blow out

Spending on cloud computing pushes retailer further into the red

Tech tycoons are not what countries need

Britain’s failure to create a behemoth says little about its ability to prosper, writes Giles Wilkes

Amazon: murky waters

Amazon finds new way to sell books, but is sticking with old-style financial reporting

US media: Who else might be in play?

21st Century Fox’s bid for Time Warner could spark other deals

Apple to pay $400m if it loses ebook case

Company protests its innocence over claims it overcharged consumers

Amazon tests ebook subscription service

Online retailer plans similar model to Spotify and Netflix

Google Glass creator sees future at Amazon

Tech groups battle to secure brightest minds

Amazon presses on with drone plans

Ecommerce group asks FAA for more freedom to test prototypes

Amazon sued over children’s purchases

FTC seeks refunds for unauthorised ‘in-app’ spending

HarperCollins looks to bypass Amazon

Publisher sells direct as industry feud with retailer grows

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones are seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Samsung: going the distance

At front of the pack, someone is always nipping at your heels

Wheels coming off the supermarket trolley

Shift to discounters and small stores leads to refocusing

Double-digit decline for music downloads

Growth of streaming services weighs on digital sales

Amazon embroiled in EU tax crackdown

Brussels to examine ‘what kind of arrangement Luxembourg has’

Alibaba’s sellers rethink business models

Many of the e-stores on the shopping platform make scant profits

Q&A: what exactly is Aereo?

Big broadcasters were worried about the tiny start-up

CIA expands spy work through Amazon cloud

Agency endorses applications provided by ecommerce group

No pay? You must be joking

A rebellion is under way against the trend of working for free

week in review

Week in Review, June 21

Amazon, Citigroup, YouTube, Zoopla, and oil groups featured

Amazon eyes web sales with ‘Fire’ phone

New handset is vehicle to channel users to online shopping

Amazon: catching Fire?

The smartphone is likely to lose money but will increase Prime subscription

Amazon chief launches ‘Fire’ smartphone

Bezos takes aim at rivals Apple and Samsung

Amazon in smartphone talks with carriers

Long-awaited device to be revealed at event in US

Apple settles ebook pricing lawsuit

Deal offered after judge rules group conspired with publishers

Amazon goes with tide of music streaming

Group’s offering lacks many of the latest releases from Universal

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BP to operate commercial drones in US

Unmanned aircraft will be used to inspect pipelines

Silicon Valley seeks to embrace robotics

Companies are making deals as technology approaches tipping point

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Technology companies become magnet for MBA students

‘Historical shift’ seen as MBAs look beyond traditional roles

Amazon sets its sights on MBA students

The e-commerce group plans to hire hundreds of MBAs next year

New UPS chief looks overseas for growth

David Abney pledges organic expansion or acquisitions outside US

US companies warn on foreign tax threat

Business Roundtable lobbies Jack Lew over planned crackdown

Amazon helps small publishers survive

Groups that have grown fat in a market they have dominated are unhappy

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Only giant publishers can take on Amazon

If it turns publishing into a lossmaking business, the profession of writing will suffer

US Marines pilot drone deliveries

Navy programme aims to make Amazon ambition a reality

Amazon’s Europe sales rise 14% to €13.6bn

Accounts highlight tax-efficient structure in Luxembourg

Amazon escalates battle with publishers

Online retailer targets small book groups

JD.com raises $1.8bn in Nasdaq IPO

Chinese ecommerce group lures investors ahead of Alibaba listing

US retail: waiting for a discount

The sector is under pressure and overpriced