S. Korean retail firms Lotte and Shinsegae bid for eBay Korea

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By Reuters

South Korean retailers Lotte Shopping and Shinsegae Group  entered separate binding bids for eBay’s South Korean business, the retailers’ spokesmen said on Monday.

eBay Korea – South Korea’s third-largest e-commerce firm with a 12.8% market share in 2020, according to Euromonitor – is on sale for what eBay hopes could be up to 5 trillion won ($4.5 billion), analysts said. read more

The retailers’ spokesmen declined to comment on the terms of their bids. An eBay Korea spokeswoman also declined to comment.

Local retail giants Lotte and Shinsegae have struggled to catch up to leading competitors like South Korea’s No. 1 e-commerce firm Coupang in the fast-growing online shopping sector, especially after the onset of COVID-19.

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