The Netherlands

Sanoma’s online revenue continues to grow in Q2

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 Q2 FY2014 from the same period last year. The net sales of the online and mobile businesses of Sanoma in Finland amounted to €22.1 million or $29.7 million U.S. – 7.5...

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De Persgroep requests Dutch regulator’s approval to buy Mecom

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) was requested by Belgian media group De Persgroep Publishing to approve its acquisition of Mecom Group’s assets in the Netherlands and Denmark, Dutch regulator said Thursday (statement in Dutch available here). ACM will examine whether there will be sufficient competition in case the acquisition was approved, and is expected to make a decision...

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Funda.nl site gearing up for a make-over

The design of a No.1 Dutch property portal Funda is about to see a change in the upcoming fall, according to CEO Marc Duijndam (interview in Dutch available here.) The portal is adjusting to the digital revolution, and its mantra is “to be a partner to real estate agents, provide strong technology and be a leader in innovation,” according to Duijndam. Seventy percent of time is spent on...

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Marktplaats.nl grew trading volume by 25% in 2013

Already the leading player by a long way among Dutch general classified sites, EBay-owned Marktplaats.nl managed to grow its trade volume by 25 percent in 2013, according to an interview published by e-commerce magazine Emerce.nl (article here in Dutch) in April. Since EBay’s acquisition of Marktplaats.nl in 2004, the portal has seen a 20-percent increase on average per year in the number...

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Dutch court: Gaspedaal may not tap into auto sites’ databasis

Auto search engine and aggregator Gaspedaal.nl infringes on the rights of the competitor AutoTrack.nl by using its database, a Dutch court in the Hague ruled this week. The ruling will likely have far-reaching consequences for auto sites, but also for job sites and any other online businesses that contain databasis or make their living off of other sites’ databasis, according to an article in...

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Arthur Hoffman to head Sanoma Digital

Sanoma appointed Arthur Hoffman as CEO of Sanoma Digital. In this role he will also be a member of Sanoma’s Executive Management Group (EMG). Hoffman will join Sanoma on Aug. 25, 2014. Until then, Sander ten Dam will continue to lead Sanoma Digital on an interim basis. Hoffman (photo) will help Sanoma accelerate its growth in pure play digital media and support the digital transformation of...

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