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SBI, Hitachi form joint venture for digital payment platform

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October 30, 2018

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SBI, Hitachi Payments form joint venture for digital payment platform
Japan's Hitachi and India's largest lender State Bank of India will enter into a joint venture (JV) for establishing card acceptance and digital payments platform in India. Hitachi Payments Services, a unit of Hitachi, will pick up 26 per cent stake in SBI Payment Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SBI. Both parties will apply for regulatory approvals, Hitachi said in a statement. SBI has more than 420 million customers and more than 600,000 Point of Sale (PoS) terminals

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Microsoft Corp regained its spot as the second most valuable US company on Friday after a disappointing quarterly report from Amazon.com wiped $65 billion (roughly Rs. 4.6 lakh crores) off the online retailer's market capitalisation. Apple tops the list at over $1 trillion (roughly Rs. 73 lakh crores) after crossing that threshold in September. Microsoft's market capitalisation was Wall Street's highest in late 1998 through early 2000 before the dot-com bubble burst.
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