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Weekly Insights Feb 10, 2017

Executive Summary

  • This week’s note “From the Desk of Deborah Weinswig” discusses the recent spate of top management departures from department stores and brands.
  • Walmart recently announced that it has increased its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant to 12.1%, worth roughly $4.87 billion, up from the 10.8% stake it had in October and the 5.9% stake it had in June of last year.
  • French luxury brand LVMH announced that it has set up LVMH Luxury Ventures, a special investment vehicle that will identify and invest in small, emerging brands in the fashion, beauty and accessories categories. The vehicle will begin with a funding pool of €50 million (US$53.3 million).
  • China’s Alibaba Group will lead a $200 million round of investment in newly established Indian online retailer Paytm E-commerce. The deal will deepen Alibaba’s investment in a burgeoning e-commerce market now dominated by Amazon and Flipkart.

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