May 4, 2018

Walmart outbids Amazon for majority stake in India's Flipkart

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Walmart appears to have beaten out Amazon for a majority stake in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart in a $15 billion deal that reportedly includes a $3 billion co-investment from Alphabet. Sellers would include SoftBank.

Why it matters: It would be a big loss for Amazon, which has invested heavily in India, and come within spitting distance of Flipkart's market share lead in the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market.

  • Sourcing: Nothing is finalized yet, but both Bloomberg and Indian media outlets are reporting similar details. A source close to Flipkart tells Axios: "I can't confirm those exact numbers, but I understand them to be approximately accurate."
  • Bottom line: "Alphabet wanted to help Walmart beat Amazon." — Amir Efrati, The Information

Go deeper: Amazon has avoided its China mistakes in India.

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These swing voters don't like Trump’s environmental rollbacks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Swing voters in four battleground states decisively oppose President Trump’s sweeping rollbacks of environmental regulations — but it’s unlikely to sway their votes.

Why it matters: It’s voters living in states like these, including Florida and Pennsylvania, who fill pivotal roles electing America’s presidents, so we should listen.

Focus group: What some Florida swing voters think of Bloomberg

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Some swing voters here are unbothered by the way Michael Bloomberg is spending heaps of his own money to help him win the race — but they're split over whether they'd actually vote for the New York billionaire over President Trump.

Why it matters: Bloomberg is the only Democrat who was even slightly intriguing to these voters. They're happy with Trump and don't feel like they recognize the current Democratic Party relative to when they voted for Barack Obama.

In photos: India welcomes president with massive "Namaste Trump" rally

First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Namaste Trump" rally at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told a massive crowd at a rally in Ahmedabad, northwest India, Monday he hopes to reach a trade deal with his ""true friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to the country "except he's a very tough negotiator."

Why it matters: The countries are forging deeper ties, particularly in the military dimension, as India’s location, size and economic growth making it the "obvious counterweight to China" for American policymakers, per Axios' Dave Lawler and Zachary Basu. Modi demonstrated the importance of the visit with a "Namaste Trump" rally at a packed 110,000-capacity Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad — the world's largest cricket venue.

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