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Amazon Experiences 2 Hour Outage in Europe on Sunday

Amazon’s UK site experienced an outage beginning at about 6 pm GMT, according to TechWeekEurope.

Amazon UK spokesperson Ruth Attridge told EcommerceBytes, “Amazon.co.uk was down for approximately 2 hours yesterday. The site is back up. Amazon’s systems are very complex and on rare occasions, despite our best efforts, they may experience problems.”

She did not say what time the outage occurred or whether other European sites were impacted as well. TechWeekEurope said reports suggested the site was down across most of Europe as well, and a report from Netcraft said affected sites included amazon.co.uk, amazon.de and amazon.fr.

TechWeekEurope wrote, “Service seemed to resume at 7pm GMT, but downdetector.co.uk points to another outage at 10pm GMT which lasted for around an hour.”

Sunday evenings are traditionally a popular time for online shopping.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.