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    1. February 22, 2015

      Abraaj takes $100m stake in Turkish online group Hepsiburada

      Abraaj Capital, the Dubai-based private equity group, has taken a stake of around $100m in Turkey’s largest online retailer...

    2. February 20, 2015

      The billion-dollar companies Silicon Valley investors ought to fear

      Eighteen months ago it was a company worth a billion dollars. Fab.com, an online store that sells quirky designs of...

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    1. February 12, 2015

      Travel booking site Expedia buys rival Orbitz for $1.3bn

      Travel booking site Expedia has snapped up rival Orbitz Worldwide in a $1.34bn cash deal, bringing yet more consolidation to...

    2. February 12, 2015

      Zalando turns a profit for first time

      Zalando made its first annual operating profit in 2014 after sales grew 26 per cent, as investment in marketing and reduced...

    3. February 9, 2015

      Distribution demands drive investment in logistics properties

      Ecommerce is fuelling a boom in logistics property investment in Europe, as retailers try to keep pace with changing...

    4. January 30, 2015

      Alibaba’s battle with regulator cools off

      The public battle between Alibaba executives and a powerful Chinese regulator appeared to cool off on Friday as the two...

    5. January 29, 2015

      Amazon profit offers relief to investors

      Sharp growth in Prime subscribers and strong performance in cloud computing helped Amazon return to profit in the fourth...

    6. January 29, 2015

      Alibaba slams regulator over critical report

      Alibaba blasted a critical report published this week by a Chinese state regulator calling it an “inaccurate and unfair...

    7. January 27, 2015

      Yahoo to spin off $40bn Alibaba stake

      Yahoo plans to spin off its $40bn stake in Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba in what it says will be a tax-free transaction,...

    8. January 21, 2015

      Amazon: A very modern media mogul

      The small circle of media moguls who control Hollywood’s biggest movie studios will dust off their tuxedos next month for...

    9. January 21, 2015

      DHL launches helicopter delivery service

      DHL has launched the UK’s first helicopter delivery service between Heathrow and Canary Wharf as it seeks to slash delivery...

    10. January 12, 2015

      Alibaba looks to spend $500m in Indian mobile payment group Paytm

      Alibaba is in advanced talks to buy an approximately $500m stake in the parent company of leading Indian mobile payment...

    11. January 7, 2015

      Thetrainline.com set for £500m IPO

      Thetrainline.com, Britain’s largest online rail-bookings company by sales, plans to float on the London Stock Exchange —...

    12. January 7, 2015

      Boohoo unwraps Christmas profit warning

      Shares in Boohoo.com plunged over 40 per cent on Wednesday after the online fashion retailer issued a profit warning,...

    13. January 5, 2015

      Wanda ecommerce venture valued at $3bn

      Two investment funds have taken a 5 per cent stake in Dalian Wanda Group’s ecommerce unit, valuing the four-month-old joint...

    14. January 1, 2015

      Online clothes sellers seek a good fit for their business model

      The racks of sleek and sparkling designer gowns lining a small shop in Manhattan’s Flatiron district may be a sign of a new...

    15. December 28, 2014

      Christmas returns hit new high

      A record number of unwanted Christmas goods will be returned this year, but eretailers are not equipped to cope, logistics...

    16. December 26, 2014

      Bricks and mortar loses out in online rush

      Retailers in the UK and US reported a rapid acceleration of the trend towards online purchases and away from bricks and...

    17. December 26, 2014

      Ecommerce model proves difficult to drive

      “Well, in those days, one had to telephone a room inside a building and hope that, at the very same moment, the person with...

    18. December 19, 2014

      Ecommerce groups rush to deliver the goods

      Forget having your Amazon parcels delivered by low-flying drone. At least for a while. Right now, the revolutionary...

    19. December 19, 2014

      A year in a word: Vlogging

      Vlogger noun — short for “video blogger”; a person who regularly posts films on the internet about some aspect of their...

    20. December 18, 2014

      UberPool, Lyft Line: my car trips with strangers

      First, they came for the taxis. Now, Uber and Lyft have their eye on disrupting public buses, as they roll out their...

    21. December 15, 2014

      Rise in online shopping drives lending for delivery fleets

      The surge in online shopping has boosted investment in delivery vans this year, as retailers and logistics companies rush to...

    22. December 14, 2014

      Foreign websites click with South Korean shoppers

      Ahn Hee-jung is an avid user of overseas online shopping sites. Having splurged $6,000 on home appliances, the 31-year-old...

    23. December 12, 2014

      Retail parks reel from rise of online shopping

      The rise of internet shopping has hurt out-of-town retail parks more than the high street, research has found. Retail parks...

    24. December 11, 2014

      Parcels surge hits Christmas deliveries in UK

      Christmas deliveries are descending into chaos, with retailers admitting to problems getting packages to customers on time...

    25. December 11, 2014

      UK turns into nation of online shoppers

      Britain spends more money online per head than any other developed country but the love affair with social media may be on...

    26. December 10, 2014

      BlackRock buys into South Korea’s Coupang

      BlackRock, the US asset manager, has led a $300m investment in Coupang, the South Korean online retail group, in the latest...

    27. December 9, 2014

      Strong pound hits Asos’s international sales

      Asos, the UK-based online fashion retailer, has continued to feel the impact of a strong pound, reporting a fall in...

    28. December 8, 2014

      M&S shares fall amid online order woes

      Marks and Spencer shares fell almost 3 per cent as problems at its Leicestershire distribution centre left it struggling to...

    29. December 7, 2014

      Investors set their sights on Indonesia’s tech sector

      When tech entrepreneur William Tanuwijaya was negotiating with venture capitalists over the biggest investment in an...

    30. December 5, 2014

      Christmas demand shines light on driver shortage

      Santa Claus has set the bar high for deliveries. Years of seamless service, minimal operating costs and a flying labour...

    31. December 4, 2014

      Ease of use will decide ewallets’ fate

      It can take a long time for new ideas to catch on in the payments world. Plastic debit and credit cards, for example,...

    32. December 2, 2014

      Stripe banks $70m in fundraising, valuing company at $3.5bn

      Online payments start-up Stripe on Monday closed a $70m fundraising round that has seen the company’s valuation double in...

    33. December 2, 2014

      Dubai: the statelet start-up

      Daytime population: 3.3m GDP per capita: $41,670 Foreign workers in private sector: 95 per cent New businesses started this...

    34. December 1, 2014

      US retailers target Alibaba over sales tax ‘loophole’

      Alibaba is taking on Amazon’s habitual role as public enemy number one for traditional US retailers, after being dragged...

    35. December 1, 2014

      Retail investment returns also come under markdown pressure

      Cyber Monday was last Wednesday. Black Friday began on Thursday. And Super Saturday may not be nearly so super in the...

    36. November 30, 2014

      US retail sales fall on long Black Friday

      US retailers’ combined sales over Thanksgiving weekend fell this year according to initial estimates, despite stores...

    37. November 27, 2014

      Shift from ‘imitator to innovator’ needed for Poland to join wealthy nations

      At the InterContinental hotel on Los Angeles’ Avenue of the Stars a clear sign of Poland’s economic self-confidence could be...

    38. November 27, 2014

      Fraudsters threaten online advertising industry

      It was John Wanamaker, a 19th-century US department store retailer, who best summed up the imprecise nature of advertising....

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