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Luckin, a Chinese rival to Starbucks, jumps in its U.S. trading debut

A customer collects coffee beverages from a counter at a Luckin Coffee outlet in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Luckin, the Chinese startup that’s banking on selling cappuccinos to on-the-go office workers, is spending millions of dollars a year opening outlets to unseat Starbucks Corp. as the top java seller in the country. Photographer: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg

Luckin Coffee, an unprofitable startup offering big giveaways, burst less than two years ago into a Chinese coffee scene long dominated by Starbucks. It has gained nearly 17 million customers and built 2,370 stores. On Friday, stock investors in the United States had a chance to buy into this fast-growth, cash-burning model.

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