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Dutch Marktplaats buys new car sales site Nieuweautokopen.nl

Dutch No. 1 generalist classified site Martkplaats.nl owned by eBay is delving deeper into online auto business as it announced this week its intention to buy new cars sales site Nieuweautokopen.nl, Dutch outlet Emerce reported. This move goes in line with the Marktplaats strategy to enhance its car sales segment and also increasingly focus on sale of new items. The site reached the milestone of...

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Naspers denies plans to sell Allegro

According to Naspers’ spokeswoman Meloy Horn, Naspers has no plans to sell its Polish assets. The rumours on that appeared after the last week report of Reuters. Naspers’ spokeswomen denied the rumours on Friday, saying to Reuters (here) that “Allegro is a strong-performing, profitable e-commerce business and we have no plans to sell it”. In turn, Paweł Klimiuk, corporate...

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Zap buys PenseImoveis

Zap, a leading real estate platform in Brazil, acquired Brazil’s PenseImoveis, the company confirmed Tuesday. The deal was approved by the nation’s anti-trust agency (Cade). According to the company, the deal is part of a plan to grow in Brazil. “The company has been doing this with the opening of new offices (and) the sale of listings in many Brazilian cities,” a company spokesman told...

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Mediahuis takes over Dutch publishing group NRC

Het Mediahuis Netherlands, a subsidiary of Belgian publishing house, announced in a statement it plans to take over NRC for an undisclosed amount pending approval of the Dutch anti-trust authority (ACM). Het Mediahuis acquires 80 percent of the shares, while Democracy and Media Foundation (SDM) and the Investment Association Veronica would split the rest, Dutch media reported. NRC was seeking a...

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Groupon’s move to marketplace bears record-breaking fruit

While the immediate good news is that Groupon broke its record for sales during the recent  holiday, the far more important message here is that the daily deal veteran’s transition to marketplace is working. The “something-for-everyone” concept is what Groupon has been working towards, to complete its transition from its original push approach of emailed alerts about daily...

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Are Daily Deal sites back in Canada?

We thought that “Daily Deal” websites had gone passé – so many have shut down or not lived up to the promise we were reporting on just a few years ago. Canada was no exception. But a Vancouver-based daily deal site has just closed a second round of funding from Canadian investors including Regent Capital Management. It wasn’t easy: the company reported it took “more than eleven months...

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