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Alibaba posts first quarterly loss since IPO after antimonopoly fine

CEO Zhang vows heavy investment in new businesses to fend off rivals

Excluding the boost from a recent acquisition, Alibaba revenue grew at its slowest annual pace in at least five years.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba Group Holding swung to a net loss of 5.5 billion yuan ($850 million) in the January-to-March quarter, hit by a record 18 billion yuan fine from Beijing over anticompetitive practices.

"We recorded a loss this quarter for the first time since our history as a public company," said Daniel Zhang, chairman and chief executive, on a call with analysts Thursday.

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