Monday, September 03, 2012

China Flash Sales Site FClub Raises $30 Million

(DONEWS) Despite a fairly sluggish VC funding scene in China this year, the Chinese flash sales site FClubhas secured $30 million in series B funding. This significant second round – three times larger than FClub’s first, back in April 2011 – was led by IGC, along with IDG Capital, Zero2IPO Capital, and SK Capital.
The news comes from the VP of, Yi Zongyuan, in a post on his personal Weibo account. The flash sales site – also sometimes referred to as “VIP sales” in the industry – launched in July 2009 and focuses on mid-range clothing and accessories, with some luxury offerings as well. The site partners with over 1,500 brands to buy up items that are then sold over a period of just five days to its members.
FClub has self-reported having two million registered users, of whom 400,000 are active. It has 500 employees, including all those at its warehouses. Based in Shanghai, the startup site has offices in Guangzhou and Hong Kong too.

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