BERLIN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - EP Global Commerce (EPGC), the investment vehicle of Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky, is buying more shares in German retailer Metro from Ceconomy , the companies said on Thursday.
Ceconomy, which split from Metro last year but retained a 10 percent stake in the retailer, said EP Global Commerce is buying a 9 percent stake in two steps, 3.6 percent at first, with a put option for the rest, expected to be exercised in 9 months.
The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
The move further stokes speculation that Kretinsky - and Slovak investor Patrik Tkac, with whom he is buying a Metro stake from investment firm Haniel - might make a full bid for the company, shares of which have fallen by a third this year.
Reporting by Emma Thomasson; editing by Thomas Seythal