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Amazon is investing $2 billion into its Indian e-commerce business

Amazon plans to invest $2 billion into its e-commerce business in India. “We see huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce in India,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement that also claimed that Amazon’s Indian arm, launched in June 2013, is now the country’s largest store. Maybe, but if so, it faces stiff competition. Amazon’s news came a day after Flipkart, another power in India e-commerce, announced $1 billion in new funding from Tiger Global, Yuri Milner’s DST Global group, Accel Partners, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Sofina.

Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday that it will invest $2 billion to expand in India as competition for customers heats up in the fast-growing, South Asian e-commerce market. “We see huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce in India,” Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon said in a statement. Investors have been pouring money into India’s online retail market as e-commerce seems to at last be taking off in the country. Brokerage Nomura expects online retailing in India to grow 11-fold to $23 billion in the next four years. Amazon’s announcement comes just a day after its local rival Flipkart Internet Pvt. announced that it had raised $1 billion in fresh funding to expand. Flipkart, India’s largest online marketplace, was started by two former Amazon employees in 2007. On Tuesday Flipkart said its existing investors, including Tiger Global Management, had agreed to provide more funds along with new backers, including Singapore’s sovereign-wealth fund GIC and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Amazon’s investment comes less than a year after it launched Amazon India website to sell books, DVDs, electronic goods and fashion accessories. It entered India in 2012 through its price-comparison website Junglee.com. More than 17 million products are sold on its website which acts as a distributor for thousands of small and medium-size businesses.

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