China's Xiaomi to boost Mi Stores to 5,000 in India

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China's electronics giant Xiaomi - also India's largest smartphone vendor - will grow the number of Mi Stores it operates in India from 500 to 5,000 by the end of 2019 - that's according to The Economic Times in India.

The move is expected to generate more than 15,000 jobs.

Xiaomi opened 500 Mi Stores across 14 states in India on October 29 - setting a Guiness World Records achievement for the most number of retail stores opened at one time, ever.

The Chinese firm has been in India since 2014.

Xiaomi criticised for UK smartphone £1 flash sale

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Only three Mi 8 Lite phones could be bought in the first flash sale

"Flash sales" publicising a Chinese smartphone company's UK launch have sparked a backlash on social media.

Xiaomi advertised two of its new handsets for £1 each last week as part of a "crazy deals" promotion.

But it has emerged that each flash sale involved only two or three phones and Xiaomi had set its website to say: "Sold out," as soon as the sale opened.

The UK's ads watchdog said it had received a complaint and was now deciding whether to investigate.

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