The Netherlands

Amazon launches in Netherlands with e-books

Amazon, the world’s leading online marketplace, entered the Dutch market by launching Amazon.nl and introducing Kindle e-readers here, Emerce reported. The opening was modest, because to date Amazon.nl only has three types of Kindles and digital books available for sale. “We started with three million titles, including twenty thousand Dutch ones. All popular titles from bestseller lists...

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Sanoma’s Q3 online revenue grows in Finland; declines in Netherlands

blackjack games The online and mobile revenue of Sanoma’s Consumer Business segment (including the classified businesses in Finland and the Netherlands, with the online auction platform Huuto and marketplace Oikotie) continued to grow in Finland, but declined sligthly in the Netherlands in Q3 FY2014 from the same period last year. The net sales of the online and mobile businesses of Sanoma in...

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Marktplaats passes user data to Dutch taxman when requested

Based on an agreement and a special protocol, EBay-owned general classifieds site Marktplaats.nl passes data of individual users (such as username, address, zip code, IP address, and dates of ad listings) to the Dutch tax authority when requested, the Dutch media reported (here). The Dutch tax authority uses this information to determine people’s tax liabilities and detect cases of fraud. If a...

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Sanoma Digital gets a new COO

Kuldip Singh has been appointed chief operations officer of Sanoma Digital. In this role he will oversee all pure-play digital media activities in the Netherlands as well as all related international activities. Singh (photo) started in his new position at Sanoma on Oct. 6. He reports to Arthur Hoffman, the CEO of Sanoma Digital. Singh joined Sanoma from G+J India (part of Bertelsmann), where he...

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Telegraaf Media offers to buy NRC Handelsblad

The Dutch Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG) extended an offer to buy NRC Handelsblad for €90 million ($120 million U.S.), the Dutch and international media reported. So far, the offer was said to be refused by the NRC’s largest shareholder, investment company Egeria, and TMG is considering offering a higher bid. TMG is planning to finance the acquisition by selling one of its units that deals with...

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Revenue down, sales cost up at Telegraaf Media

Revenue dropped five percent in the first half of 2014 from the same period in 2013 at Dutch publishing house Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG) to €253.5 million ($339.6 million U.S.) from €268 million ($359 million U.S.), the group said in its semi-annual financial report (here). Advertising revenue of the group’s digital businesses rose seven percent, thanks primarily to the performance of...

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