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Japan's SoftBank eyes stake in Polish online shoe shop eobuwie -sources

WARSAW, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Japan’s SoftBank Group is among investors interested in buying a stake in Polish online shoe shop eobuwie from retailer CCC, two sources familiar with the situation said.

CCC, Poland’s biggest shoe retailer, started to look for a minority investor for eobuwie last year, saying it needed a partner with e-commerce know-how as the group turns to online sales while traditional shops suffer from lockdown measures to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The sources also said private equity firms Cinven, Advent International and Mid Europa Partners were looking at eobuwie, adding that the pandemic had made e-commerce particularly interesting to investors.

CCC said previously that it planned to close the sale in the first quarter, expecting that a new partner would invest around 500 million zlotys ($133.70 million) in eobuwie.

CCC, Advent International and Cinven declined to comment, while SoftBank and Mid Europa Partners were not immediately available. ($1 = 3.7397 zlotys) (Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Anna Koper; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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