Alibaba Posts Profit on E-Commerce Demand Ahead of Potential IPO

Alibaba Headquarters | Source: Reuters

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s online marketplace for products from Louis Vuitton bags to Boston lobsters, swung to a quarterly profit ahead of a potential initial public offering.

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was $792 million in the three months ended September, up from a loss of $246 million a year earlier, according to a presentation from Yahoo! Inc., which owns a

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Sina Will Focus on Mobile in Alibaba Alliance as Earnings Falter

BEIJING, China — Sina Corp., owner of China’s largest Twitter-like service, will push into mobile e-commerce through an alliance with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to revive flagging advertising sales. Alibaba, operator of the Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com retail sites, will help Sina better target merchants wanting to place ads on its Weibo microblog service, Sina Chief Executive Officer Charles Chao said on a call today after the company posted a first-quarter loss. The call marks Sina’s first public comments detailing the partnership since Alibaba paid $586 million for an 18 percent stake in Weibo in April. Sina is focusing on mobile platforms to bolster earnings from advertising, its biggest sales contributor, after recording the smallest revenue gain in three years in 2012.…

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China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign is Masking the Real Causes of the Luxury Slowdown

A Gucci store in Beijing | Source: Shutterstock

Contrary to numerous reports, broad changes in Chinese consumer behaviour and sentiment — not the country’s much publicised anti-extravagance campaign — are the likely causes of China’s luxury slowdown, says Anne Zhang, a reporter for Chinese business magazine CBNweekly.

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