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Singapore retail sales in February down 10 per cent

Singapore retail sales in February fell by 10.2 per cent, excluding motor vehicles.

Samsung and BTS enter global marketing collaboration

South Korean electronics giant Samsung and BTS the K-pop superbrand, have entered a global collaboration to market smartphones.

Nespresso launches farm-to-table sustainability initiative

Capsule coffee brand Nespresso is inviting business partners to join an exclusive farm-to-table culinary experience designed by Chef Vicky Cheng of Vea Restaurant and Lounge in Hong Kong.

Cost-saving shopping app Price Kaki to launched by Customers Association of Singapore

Case is to release an app called Price Kaki which rewards users for sharing pricing information to allow comparisons while shopping.

Sogo, Times Square affected by Sunday protests

Retailers stretching from Causeway Bay to Admiralty were adversely affected by protest action on Hong Kong Island yesterday.

JR East metro station stores to open in Singapore

East Japan Railway Co. is expanding its operations into Singapore with new JR East metro station stores launching in island’s metro stations.

Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures snaps up two food chains

Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures has fully acquired local Philippines restaurant chain Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken.

Cotton On Group launches in India

Cotton On Group is to launch in India, its first flagship store scheduled to open in the second half of next year.

Whittard of Chelsea launches in Taiwan

Fine beverages retailer Whittard of Chelsea has partnered with with Ruentex Group to launch its first stores in Taiwan.

Jaspal concept store opens at IconSiam

A new Jaspal concept store has opened at IconSiam in Bangkok, designed by Milan-based Studiopepe and featuring local materials.

Elizabeth Arden signs Ning Chang as first Asian ambassador for skincare

Elizabeth Arden has signed actress Ning Chang as the brand’s first Asia ambassador for its Skincare category.

Leather bag sales decline in favour of activewear alternatives

For the second year in a row, leather bag sales have declined and nylon and other fabric options are now driving significant growth for the US women’s bag market.