Europeans still shopping as Russia's KupiVIP raises another $8m

Online shopping clubs along the lines of Vente Privee (which started in France) and Brands For Friends in Germany are spreading like wildfire across Europe – and no wonder. They are business models tailor-made for the recession, offering big discounts on designer goods among almost guaranteed buyers. They hit revenue almost from the word go and the jungle drums tell me that Vente-Privee is on course to deliver hundreds of millions in revenue this year alone. Now Russia’s KupiVIP is set to accelerate with a new injection of cash.