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Yahoo to Buy 10% of Alibaba.com IPO Shares

U.S. Web giant Yahoo will subscribe for 10% of the shares to be sold by China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba.com, according to a term sheet, in an initial public offering that is expected to raise roughly $1 billion.

The company plans to sell 858.9 million shares, or 17% of its enlarged share capital, in a Hong Kong listing.

Of the shares to be sold, 75% are earmarked for global investors, 15% for Hong Kong retail investors and 10% for Yahoo.

In 2005, Alibaba absorbed Yahoo's China business, and Yahoo bought a 40% stake in Alibaba for $1 billion.

The China consumer business will not be included in the IPO, sources have said.

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