Bengaluru — Shares of Amazon.com dropped by the most in four years on Friday after its outlook for holiday season sales missed targets, fanning concerns that Wall Street’s tech darlings are finally starting to face stronger competition. The third-quarter results were the second time running that billionaire Jeff Bezos’s firm had fallen short of sales targets and, allied to a similar disappointment from Google-owner Alphabet, they sent a shockwave through stock markets. There were no ratings downgrades from the Wall Street analysts who have almost universally backed the company’s long-term prospects but several said there were signs that both were beginning to face tougher competition from tech peers as well as the retail companies Amazon has bullied in recent years. The fall of as much as 9% in shares knocked more than $80bn off Amazon’s market value and relegated it behind Microsoft and Apple in terms of market value. Now that the Seattle-based firm has devoured retail players like...

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