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Tencent, JD back Chinese online retailer in battle with Alibaba


Tencent’s and JD’s backing is a boon for Vipshop, which carved out a profitable niche in women’s fashion but has now chalked up two successive quarters of net income declines. — Reuters

Tencent’s and JD’s backing is a boon for Vipshop, which carved out a profitable niche in women’s fashion but has now chalked up two successive quarters of net income declines. — Reuters

Tencent Holdings Ltd and JD.com Inc will buy a slice of one of China’s largest online retailers for US$863mil (RM3.52bil), forging an alliance to take on Alibaba in e-commerce and digital payments. 

The pair agreed to buy shares in US-listed Vipshop Holdings Ltd at a premium of 55% to their previous close. The deal comes with a business cooperation pact that includes setting aside real estate for Vipshop on JD’s site and Tencent’s digital wallet, a thriving and integral part of the WeChat messaging service used by close to a billion people. 

   

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