October 16, 2018 / 7:01 AM / a month ago

Amazon likely to buy 7-8 percent stake in India's Future Retail - TV

FILE PHOTO: An employee of Amazon walks through a turnstile gate inside an Amazon Fulfillment Centre (BLR7) on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is likely to buy an at least 7 percent to 8 percent stake in India’s Future Retail Ltd (FRTL.NS) through an investment arm, CNBC-TV 18 reported, citing sources.

The potential cash-and-stock deal, which is in its final stages, could be worth 25 billion rupees (257.1 million pounds) and is likely to be signed in the next two weeks, the channel here said.

Earlier this year, media reports said Amazon was in talks to buy a 10 percent stake in Future Retail, competing with tech giant Google (GOOGL.O) and Alibaba-backed (BABA.N) Paytm. Future Retail had denied the reports.

The potential deal will be next in a series of acquisitions by Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) in one of the fastest-growing markets in the face of competition from Walmart Inc’s (WMT.N) Flipkart.

In September, Amazon, along with private equity firm Samara Capital, bought Aditya Birla Group-owned ‘More’ retail chain for an enterprise value of 42 billion rupees .

Amazon India and Future Retail did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

Reporting by Sharnya G in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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