SK Telecom Denies the Report of Selling a Stake in Ecommerce Unit to Amazon

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SK Telecom, a major mobile carrier, denied a news report on Monday that it plans to sell a stake in its eCommerce unit 11Street to eCommerce giant Amazon to bolster its online retail business.

Local media had earlier reported that Amazon would exercise its right to acquire a 30 percent stake in 11Street and that the US retailer could acquire up to a 50 percent stake in the South Korean eCommerce company.

SK Telecom and Amazon strengthened ties in November last year to collaborate in eCommerce. They made an agreement whereby the U.S. tech giant has the right to acquire a stake in 11Street, reports Yonhap news agency.

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“We are collaborating to launch a service so that Amazon products can be directly purchased within 11Street,” SK Telecom said in a statement. “There is no ongoing matter regarding a stake transfer.”

The wireless carrier currently owns an 80 percent stake in 11Street and is planning an initial public offering for the online retailer next year.

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