FILE PHOTO: Amazon.com's logo is seen at Amazon Japan's office building in Tokyo, Japan, August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
FILE PHOTO: Amazon.com’s logo is seen at Amazon Japan’s office building in Tokyo, Japan, August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (Copyright Reuters 2017)

SYDNEY – E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) plans to launch a “retail offering” in Australia, posing a challenge to some Australian retailers that have been already been struggling to grow sales.

The confirmation from Amazon on Thursday ends months of speculation among investors over whether the company would fully launch in the Australian market. The company already has a presence in Australia, setting up Amazon Web Services in 2012 and its Kindle store in 2013.

“The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now,” Amazon said…