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The Alibaba stock price is up 2% this morning (Monday) after the company announced it will spend $4.63 billion on the electronics chain Suning Commerce Group Inc.
Alibaba said the partnership will also allow customers to shop for electronics in-store and then pay using their mobile Alipay Wallet accounts.
This "online-to-offline" business model has been a focus of several Chinese Internet companies recently. Competitors Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: BIDU) have both added online-to-offline services as well. JD.com Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: JD) has created a similar partnership with offline grocery stores.
Alibaba's purchase of a stake in Suning is the latest in a string of acquisitions for the e-commerce company. Over the past two years, BABA has purchased companies in numerous industries including entertainment, retail, tech, and even professional soccer.
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