The Alibaba Group has agreed to make it easier for merchants to do business with it, without preventing them from using other platforms, as part of a series of ”comprehensive rectifications” demanded by Chinese anti-trust regulators, which charged it of abusing its dominant market position. It will nevertheless have to pay a big fine of 18 billion yuan (€2.31bn-$2.75bn), equivalent to about 4 percent of its annual sales in China. Noting that it has been only requesting exclusivity since 2015 for a small number of flagship stores on Tmall, Alibaba’s management said the fine and the rectifications should not have any material impact on the company. Its statements triggered an 8 percent increase in its stock market capitalization.