Payment processing service Vantiv Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) agreed to purchase Litle & Co. for $361 million, allowing the Cincinnati-based buyer to potentially expand its e-commerce capabilities.

Lowell, Mass.-based Litle provides payments services for companies that sell goods and services to consumers over the Internet and through direct-response marketing. Among the assets Vantiv acquires through the sale are Litle’s list of clients, which includes online merchants,, Gilt Groupe, Guthy-Renker, ShopNBC and

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