US retailer Walmart Stores Inc is in advanced talks to buy a minority stake in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart, Indian financial daily the Economic Times reported on Tuesday.

Walmart could buy a 15 percent to 20 percent stake in Inc's main competitor in India, the newspaper said, citing two anonymous sources.

A deal could be finalised as early as March and may involve primary and secondary sales by longstanding Flipkart investors, the paper added.

“We don’t comment on rumours and speculation,” Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove told Reuters via email.

Bengaluru-based Flipkart was not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours.

The news comes nearly two years after Reuters reported that Walmart was looking to invest between USD 750 million and USD 1 billion in Flipkart. – Money Control