Walmart raises stake in China’s JD.com to 10.8 pc

Walmart raises stake in China’s JD.com to 10.8 pc

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has nearly doubled its stake in Chinese online retailer , according to a financial document disclosed on Wednesday.

Walmart raises stake in China's JD.com to 10.8 pc
JD.com also has a strategic alliance with Chinese messaging giant Tencent, which owns a strategic stake in JD

In a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company said it owns 265 million shares, or more than 9 per cent of shares outstanding in JD, up from the 5 per cent stake it obtained after selling its Yihaodian online marketplace to JD in June.

JD.com is a main competitor of Alibaba. JD.com also has a strategic alliance with Chinese messaging giant Tencent, which owns a strategic stake in JD. Tencent is Alibaba’s archrival, with nearly equal market caps: Tencent is worth US$263 billion vs. Alibaba’s US$267 billion.

WalMart has been putting more effort into its e-commerce efforts after Walmart.com has greatly lagged the growth of . WalMart recently bought Jet.com, a start-up rival to , for US$ 3.3 billion.

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