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Amazon is reportedly upping its investment in India by $2 billion

  • Amazon had previously committed $5 billion to the emerging market.
  • Any extra capital would help stave off a threat from Walmart, which last month took a majority stake in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart.
  • Amazon was also reportedly eyeing a bid for Flipkart to bolster its already sizable India business.

Amazon is set to up its investment in India by $2 billion, CNBC affiliate CNBC TV-18 reported Tuesday, citing sources.

The e-retailer had previously committed $5 billion to the emerging market. Any extra capital would help stave off a threat from Walmart, which last month took a majority stake in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart.

Amazon was also reportedly eyeing a bid for Flipkart to bolster its already sizable India business. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Citi Research last month estimated Amazon's India market to be worth $16 billion.

"Amazon is betting big on the India market. It is evident that after Walmart's acquisition of Flipkart, Flipkart's ability to increase market share and India presence will increase," an unnamed source told CNBC TV-18.

"Amazon has had its eyes and ears firmly on the ground and has been carefully planning its strategy. India is one of its fastest growing geographies and Amazon will not be left behind."

Amazon did not immediately return request for comment from CNBC.

Read the full report at CNBC TV-18.