Shein finally reaches $100bn valuation mark

Shein has finally hit the $100 billion (£76.5 billion) valuation mark following a successful funding round.

The valuation surpasses the combined value of outstanding stock shares of the two biggest retailers in the world – Zara owner Inditex and H&M with £52 billion and £15 billion, which are valued at £52 billion and £15 billion respectively.

The Chinese ecommerce giant has made astronomical growth in recent years, with it only being valued at £11.5 billion just two years ago.

It was founded in 2008 and has since been one of the leading fast fashion websites on the planet, adding over 2,000 new styles every day.

It operates on an on-demand business model, which means clothing items are released in small batches and are only mass-produced if they become popular with consumers.

The valuation follows Shein raising between £765 million and £1.5 billion from investors including General Atlantic, Tiger Global Management and Sequoia Capital China.

It was last year ranked as the most downloaded shopping app in the US, in front of ecommerce behemoth Amazon.

Bloomberg believes that Shein’s success is down to a number of factors such as its data-driven clothing design, tax loopholes in the US and China and savvy supply chain decisions.

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