ADVANCE FOR JOE MCDONALD'S STORY: CHINA ONLINE COMMERCE BOOM - A Chinese man surfs furniture items on a computer on display inside the newly opened Taobao Mall in Beijing, China. China's e-commerce ... more 
ADVANCE FOR JOE MCDONALD'S STORY: CHINA ONLINE COMMERCE BOOM - A Chinese man surfs furniture items on a computer on display inside the newly opened Taobao Mall in Beijing, China. China's e-commerce giant is stepping up its heated rivalry with bricks-and-mortar retailers with the launch of a five-story home furnishings showroom in Beijing. Alibaba Group's Taobao, an Internet platform through which an estimated 3 percent of all retail sales in China pass, opened the showroom Friday for customers to try out sofas, tables and other big-ticket items before placing an order with one of its merchants. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Andy Wong
Sat, May 28, 2011 9:39 PM EDT