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    SoundCloud launches advertising and artist payments

    SoundCloud, the digital music platform, has responded to growing doubts about its ability to make a profit by introducing...

  2. August 17, 2014

    Swedish online payments group Klarna hires former Asos executive

    The British executive who masterminded the worldwide expansion of Asos has joined the board of one of Europe’s leading...

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  1. Investing in Nigeria

    Revised data show Nigeria’s economy is growing rapidly with gross domestic product muc...
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  1. August 17, 2014

    Singapore’s investment funds blaze ecommerce trail

    Singapore’s two investment funds, GIC and Temasek, have emerged as the biggest state-backed investors in technology,...

  2. August 15, 2014

    German food ordering website Delivery Hero buys rival Pizza.de

    The global competition to dominate the market in online food ordering has heated up after German takeaway platform Delivery...

  3. August 13, 2014

    Amazon muscles in on store payments with credit card reader

    Amazon has launched a credit card reader for physical stores, a move designed to bolster the online retailer’s offline...

  4. August 12, 2014

    Just Eat serves up sharp jump in profits

    Hungry Britons swapping takeaway menus for tablet computers helped pre-tax profits at Just Eat almost treble in the online...

  5. August 11, 2014

    India’s online retailers gear up for turf war

    When two young graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2007 launched Flipkart, an Amazon-inspired online...

  6. August 10, 2014

    Rocket Internet makes case for €3.3bn valuation

    When Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based start-up accelerator, sold a 10 per cent stake in itself to the Philippines’ largest...

  7. July 29, 2014

    Indian ecommerce site Flipkart raises $1bn

    Flipkart, the Indian ecommerce website started by two former Amazon employees, has raised $1bn in fresh funding, as it...

  8. July 18, 2014

    Alibaba discloses blackmail attempt ahead of IPO

    Alibaba Group, the Chinese ecommerce company hoping to raise $20bn in an imminent stock market listing, claimed on Friday...

  9. July 15, 2014

    Rocket Internet’s Oliver Samwer responds to critics ahead of IPO

    At the end of breakfast with Oliver Samwer, one of the three brothers behind controversial start-up conglomerate Rocket...

  10. July 11, 2014

    Amazon presses on with drone plans

    Amazon, the ecommerce group, is pushing ahead with development of drones to deliver packages to consumers and is petitioning...

  11. July 11, 2014

    Alibaba races to hit August IPO date

    Alibaba is racing against the clock to complete its landmark initial public offering within the next month, according to...

  12. June 29, 2014

    DHL plans £156m investment in the UK

    Deutsche Post DHL is planning its largest investment in Britain in 14 years as it seeks to address the dramatic rise in...

  13. June 26, 2014

    Alibaba’s sellers rethink business models

    Alibaba, China’s hottest internet company, has built a massive ecommerce business without selling a single pair of jeans,...

  14. June 23, 2014

    China net spat stops World Cup bets

    Users of a leading Chinese betting site found their efforts to gamble on World Cup games thwarted on Monday amid a spat...

  15. June 22, 2014

    India’s Snapdeal seeks to follow Alibaba playbook

    Mysterious signs reading “Mission 500” dangle from the ceiling in every room at Snapdeal’s headquarters in New Delhi,...

  16. June 18, 2014

    Ashley follows Green into MySale online business

    Mike Ashley has muscled in alongside Sir Philip Green to become a shareholder of Australian online business MySale, picking...

  17. June 18, 2014

    H&M: turn the other chic

    If you believe that bricks and mortar retail is dead, look at Hennes & Mauritz’s half-year results, announced on Wednesday....

  18. June 16, 2014

    UK consumers spend five-times more online

    British shoppers spend almost five times more when they make a grocery trip online than in-store, making ecommerce more of...

  19. June 11, 2014

    Alibaba launches online shop for US

    Alibaba launched its first direct-to-consumer online shop in the US on Wednesday, as part of a move to expand more...

  20. June 5, 2014

    Alibaba buys 50% stake in Chinese football club

    Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba, has added one of China’s most successful football clubs...

  21. June 4, 2014

    Ecommerce sites flare up in emerging markets

    When it comes to malls, Dubai is hardly a desert. Nestled inside the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is the...

  22. May 28, 2014

    Alibaba agrees $249m deal for 10% of Singapore Post

    Alibaba is investing S$312.5m (US$249m) in Singapore Post in a deal that will give the Chinese ecommerce group a beachhead...

  23. May 26, 2014

    Electrocomponents: saved by the net

    In a large industrial warehouse in Nuneaton, tens of thousands of red, blue and green plastic boxes whizz around on a...

  24. May 26, 2014

    Online health and beauty retailer The Hut rules out IPO this year

    The Hut Group, the fast-growing online retailer, has ruled out an initial public offering this year, amid concerns about...

  25. May 25, 2014

    Amazon’s European sales rise 14% to €13.6bn

    Sales funnelled through Amazon’s main European operating company in Luxembourg rose 14 per cent to €13.6bn in 2013,...

  26. May 7, 2014

    Logistics companies race to keep up with consumer shopping habits

    The UK’s ecommerce boom has led to a surge in the number of vans on the streets – and a surge in the number of parking...

  27. May 6, 2014

    Canton Fair hit by rise of Chinese ecommerce

    When the Canton Fair pulled the curtains down on its 115th session, the tally of deals confirmed what organisers had feared...

  28. May 6, 2014

    India launches probe into ecommerce websites

    Indian authorities are investigating whether Flipkart and Myntra, two of the country’s fast-growing ecommerce websites, are...

  29. May 4, 2014

    No easy money to be made from Nigerian shoppers

    The entrance to Palms Mall in Lagos would not be out of place in Miami – or for that matter Dubai, Beijing or São Paulo. A...

  30. April 27, 2014

    Hollywood studios eye China streaming deal to beat piracy

    Hollywood’s biggest film studios are working with Tencent, one of China’s largest internet groups, on a Netflix-style...

  31. April 22, 2014

    Apps mean jobs for young Nigerians

    Nigeria was front-page news this month when it overtook South Africa as the continent’s largest economy. Behind the...

  32. April 21, 2014

    ‘Click and collect’ poised to overtake home delivery

    Demand for goods ordered online but collected in stores could soon be growing at a faster rate than home delivery ordering,...

  33. April 10, 2014

    Shedding light on dark stores

    The future is here. It is located in a dilapidated industrial estate, next to the steel chimneys of an oilseed processing...

  34. April 3, 2014

    Home furnishings ecommerce site Westwing raises €72m

    Westwing, a German online home furnishings retailer backed by Rocket Internet, has raised €72m from investors including...

  35. March 31, 2014

    New competition watchdog to probe ecommerce market

    The UK’s new competition watchdog has pledged to scrutinise the ecommerce market, looking at areas where entrants may have...

  36. March 28, 2014

    Video app threatens to shake up greeting cards market

    Next Mother’s day, a British-American technology company is hoping consumers will forgo sending traditional cards, and ping...

  37. March 24, 2014

    Palestinian travel start-up bypasses credit cards

    A Palestinian online travel start-up that hopes to be Ramallah’s first major high-tech success believes it has cracked a...

  38. March 18, 2014

    Asos founder’s tale is one of riches to rag trade

    The rise of Asos founder Nick Robertson is not a tale of rags to riches. The 46-year-old is the son of a high-flying...

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