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Wal-Mart increases stake in China's

Associated Press Associated Press 5/10/2016 By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has increased its stake in, China's No. 2 e-commerce site.

In a regulatory filing late Wednesday, Wal-Mart said that it has upped its stake in to 10.8 percent from 5.9 percent.

The move comes nearly four months after Wal-Mart bought an initial stake in in a deal that also gave ownership of its Chinese e-commerce site Yihaodian, including the brand and app.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is trying to improve its business in China, which is lucrative but increasingly challenging. In China, Wal-Mart faces a business that has been slow and uneven. It operates more than 400 stores despite entering the country 20 years ago. It sees bolstering its online business as the future in China.

Wal-Mart said at the time that it announced its initial stake that it could see a tremendous amount of traffic from's huge customer base and its same-day delivery network.

Getting China right is key to strengthening Wal-Mart's global online business. In September, it completed its deal to buy fast-growing U.S. online retailer for a purchase price of $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock.

Wal-Mart's global online sales rose 11.8 percent in the second quarter. That's up from the 7 percent pace of the first quarter but still far weaker than the 20 percent increases from less than two years ago.


This story has been corrected to show that Wal-Mart Stores paid $300 million in stock in addition to $3 billion in cash for

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