OFT ruling on Amazon buy to be revealed

The result of the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry into Amazon.com's planned acquisition of UK-based The Book Depository International will be revealed this Friday. Amazon is estimated to account for 70 per cent of UK e-tail book sales, while The Book Depository and Play.com are its largest rivals.

The Book Depository, a Gloucester-based firm, claimed to be the fastest-growing bookseller in Europe. The deal with Amazon was announced last month.