PayPal to Buy Japan’s Paidy for $2.7 Billion

PayPal Holdings Inc. agreed to buy Japanese “buy now, pay later” startup Paidy Inc. for about $2.7 billion, in a move that will boost its business in the world’s third-largest e-commerce market.

The transaction adds to a flurry of activity involving companies that let consumers pay for purchases in installments, as an alternative to traditional forms of credit. In August, Square Inc. said it would buy Australia’s Afterpay Ltd. for about $29 billion, while Affirm Holdings Inc. entered a partnership with Amazon.com Inc., sending the financial-technology group’s shares soaring.

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