SEATTLE — Amazon.com is facing a busy holiday season, one that may be complicated by inquiries by the Securities and Exchange Commission about the company’s accounting practices.
Amazon.com officials said the regulatory agency had questions about how it accounted for shares it received from its partner companies in exchange for services, such as featuring the partner’s Web site on Amazon’s home page.
Amazon.com characterized the SEC’s interest as "informal." A spokesman for the SEC would not comment on the matter and would not confirm if a more formal probe would take place.
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