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TripAdvisor buys rentals site in fresh challenge to HomeAway

  • TripAdvisor (TRIP +3.2%) is continuing its recent M&A spree by acquiring Vacation Home Rentals, a site that lists 14K+ rental properties worldwide. Terms are undisclosed.
  • The purchase follows last year's acquisition of Spanish vacation rentals site Niumba.com, and represents an escalation of TripAdvisor's competitive challenge to market leader HomeAway (AWAY +1.8%). TripAdvisor claims to feature 550K+ rental properties; HomeAway claims 625K+ listings.
  • TripAdvisor's Q1 report is due on May 6.
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