Gome aims to take over rival Suning - paper
Updated: 2006-08-01 14:24
The chairman of top China electronics retailer Gome has said he wants to take
over number-two player Suning, days after Gome announced a US$680 million deal
to buy rival Paradise, a news report said on Tuesday.
Aggressive takeover approaches are rare in the Chinese
corporate world, but they are becoming more common as increasing competition
prompts consolidation in many industries, from retailing to steel production.
Consumers shop at a newly opened
Gome store in Lanzhou, Northwest China's Gansu Province in this photo
taken on January 1, 2006. [Xinhua]
"Gome and Paradise will maintain our edge over Suning and keep the pressure
up until it surrenders," 37-year-old Huang Guangyu, ranked China's richest
businessman last year by the Hurun Report, was quoted as saying by the National
"We won't have much trouble with the acquisition. It's only a matter of
The newspaper said Suning Appliance Co. Ltd. was determined to resist any
advances from Gome.
"We will fight a bloody battle to the end," Suning President Sun Weiming was
quoted as saying.
Curt Lam, the Hong Kong-based head of Gome Corporate Finance and Development,
declined on Tuesday to comment on the report.
Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd. agreed last week to take over China
Paradise Electronics Retail Ltd. in a stock-plus-cash deal valued at HK$5.268
If it goes through, the Gome-Paradise deal will create a
chain with 625 outlets, including those run by Gome's parent of the same name.