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360buy splits group buying business

By Shen Jingting (

08:38, January 08, 2013

China's second-largest business-to-customer e-commerce website by revenue,, said on Monday it will spin off the group buying business into a separate business unit.
It said the company plans to raise the strategic position of its group buying business. After the spin-off, 360buy's group buying sector will operate independently. The company also appointed Zhang Shouchuan, a former vice-president of, as head of the group buying unit.

"The move shows 360buy's determination and confidence in developing the group buying business," the company said in a statement.

The group's buying business was launched in December 2010.

The company said the sector demonstrated a strong growth rate, and more innovations will be introduced after the spin-off.

One of's investors, Russia-based Digital Sky Technologies, has invested in the popular US group-buying website Groupon Inc. Due to Groupon's rapid rise, thousands of similar websites have emerged in the Chinese market since 2009.

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