Chinese e-retail giant Alibaba has released figures claiming its overseas shopping division, Tmall International, saw a ten-fold sales increase between February and November 2014, dubbing it “the year of globalisation”. The division has reportedly attracted 5,500 overseas brands since its February launch, according to a statement made on Monday.

The company also revealed that it has agreements with five of China’s biggest cities in pilot programs aiming to improve trade. No further details on the agreements made with Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou and Ningbo were released, though Alibaba did note the programs were designed to to expand e-retail.

Tmall is currently working with suppliers across 25 countries and regions, as well as postal systems in Singapore and Australia. The company claims there are more than 100 international brands awaiting approval on the Tmall platform.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com