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New report highlights cross-border ecommerce opportunities in Canada

The consulting firm Borderfree just published a report on Canadian e-shopping, with an emphasis on cross-border opportunities for U.S. retailers and websites. Canadians buy almost as much online from companies outside of Canada as they do from Canadian firms – 45 percent of web and mobile purchases is cross border with a third of that going to websites in the U.S. Part of that is selection and...

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Digital lifts print doldrums Down Under

Digital sales have helped soothe the sting, as newspaper and print circulation continued to slide in the latest figures from the Audited Media Association of Australia (AMAA), with print down 8.49 percent in the three months to December 2014, the last in a string of five consecutive audits showing losses in hard copy circulation. At the same time digital sales as part of total masthead sales...

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Chinese govt. slams Alibaba quality

After the Chinese government slammed e-commerce giant Alibaba for lax efforts to keep fakes off the market, shares tumbled nearly 10 percent on Thursday when the company reported lower than expected revenue, according to Recode.net. Revenue rose 40 percent to $4.22 billion in the December quarter, but missed the average analyst estimate of $4.45 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. The...

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OLX sales up in Ukraine on popularity of used goods and mobile

Ukraine’s No. 1 general classifieds platform OLX.ua, owned by Naspers, reported its trade volume rose 62 percent year-on-year in 2014, and the number of users 20 percent. The site management attributed the broad trend of growing popularity of ecommerce and online trade in the country to several factors, including the tough economic conditions, which make people prefer used goods over new goods,...

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U.K. online classifieds to break £1-bn barrier in 2015

New forecasts by the Advertising Association (Adassoc) and Warc suggest the turnover of U.K. online classifieds will, for the first time, top one billion pound sterling this year ($1.5 billion U.S.). At that level, growth in digital classifieds revenue will offset declines in print classifieds revenue on a year-on-year basis. Last year British online classifieds were worth £992 million ($1.5...

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Zillow taking on ListHub, as expected

Even Realtor.com expected this move – demanding, and getting,  a court order temporarily preventing Errol Samuelson, its former president, now Zillow chief industry development officer, from participating in any ListHub-like ventures. That injunction expired December 30, and Zillow wasted no time preparing and touting its listing-management competitor.  Trulia, about to be acquired...

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