Amazon.com plans to close a Chinese online store that caters to mainland consumers by mid-July, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, focusing efforts on its more lucrative businesses selling overseas goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous nation.
Shoppers in China will no longer be able to buy goods from third-party merchants in the country, but they still will be able to order from the US, United Kingdom, Denmark and Japan via Amazon’s global store. Amazon expects to close fulfilment centres and wind down its support for domestic-selling merchants in China in the next 90 days, one of the people said.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos speaks at the Economic Club in Washington on September. Photo: AP