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Tom Group Surges Most in 14 Years on Venture With China Post

Tom Group Ltd., the media company controlled by billionaire Li Ka-Shing, jumped by the most in 14 years in Hong Kong trading after forming a joint venture for e-commerce in China.

The company climbed as much as 46 percent, headed for the biggest gain since March 2000, to HK$2.03. The stock traded at HK$1.84 at the midday break. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.8 percent.

Tom Group signed an agreement with state-owned enterprise China Post Group to form a new joint venture operating an e-commerce business in China, it said yesterday in a statement. Online retailing in China is projected to more than triple to $395 billion in 2015 from 2011, according to a McKinsey & Co. report in March.

“State-owned China Post has a competitive edge, as it has established an efficient and comprehensive network in Chinese cities early on,” said Alex Wang, a Beijing-based analyst at Internet consulting group IResearch.

Tom Group will hold 49 percent of the venture and China Post the rest. Tom Group will provide as much as 155 million yuan ($26 million) of marketing funds to the venture.

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