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Can the verbs "expand" and "perform" be used in the following?

The company decided to perform / expand its purchase of real estate in Japan.

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perform would be awkward and unusual. We make a purchase or complete a purchase or go forward with a purchase.

If we are working with some computer software, one of whose features is the ability to buy and sell stocks, bonds, and other investments, then we might "perform a purchase" but the reference there is not to the purchase directly but to the function of the application. It would be similar to

I wanted to do a "save" and the app froze up.

expand its purchase of might be used, but it is in a rather formal register. It might be clearer and less stuffy with purchasing.

The company decided to expand its purchasing of real estate in Japan.

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