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Alibaba plans to acquire ShopClues

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which aims to enter India's e-commerce market, have set their eyes on acquiring the $1 billion valued marketplace, ShopClues.

BT Online | December 29, 2016 | Updated 12:27 IST
Alibaba plans to acquire ShopClues
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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which aims to enter India's e-commerce market, have set their eyes on acquiring the $1 billion valued marketplace, ShopClues.

Alibaba already has a stake in Paytm and now wants to merge it with its bigger rival ShopClues.

According to experts, the Jack Ma-led company wants to strenghten its India entry to challenge Amazon.

Former Zynga and Yahoo executive K Guru Gowrappan who is responsible for the growth of Alibaba in the Asian markets (excluding China), is in talks with ShopClues, reported Times of India citing sources.

GIC of Singapore, Tiger Global, Nexus Venture Partners and Helion are among the many investors of the Gurgaon-based ShopClues that have raised $250 million till date.

ShopClues is a subsidised online market, selling cheaper and unbranded products to its online shoppers.

The company is among the top takeover targets in Indian e-commerce industry. It currently has a revenue run-rate of $750 million based on the value of the goods sold.

It is rumoured that Flipkart is also planning to acquire ShopClues since Tiger Global is a common investor in both companies.

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