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Minor International buys Bonchon restaurants in Thailand

Thai hospitality firm Minor International has bought Thai restaurant operator Chicken Time, which operates more than 40 Bonchon fried chicken outlets across the nation.

Global Brands back on track as margins and profit grow

Apparel, footwear and brand management group Global Brands has boosted its margin from 27.2 per cent to 33.4 per cent of revenues in the last six months.

Starbucks Chicago opens today, the coffee giant’s largest store yet

Global coffee chain Starbucks today unveils a giant 35,000sqft Reserve Roastery outlet in Chicago, its largest store in the world to date.

Chinese consumers embraced voice ordering on Singles Day

More than 1 million orders were placed and processed through voice command via Alibaba’s Tmall Genie during its 11.11 Global Shopping Festival on Monday.

Cartier boutique opens at Hong Kong International Airport

French luxury goods conglomerate Cartier has partnered with King Power Global Development to reopen the doors to its boutique at Hong Kong International Airport.

Lolly-Laputan cafe in Dalian is designed for kids

Wutopia Labs is drawing acclaim for its “fairyland” design for Lolly-Laputan cafe in Dalian, China.

Sweaty Betty opens first Asian store

Sportswear label Sweaty Betty has made its Asian debut, opening a store at Hong Kong’s IFC mall.

Alibaba increases stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network

Alibaba has invested an additional US$3.3 billion to increase its equity stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to 63 per cent.

Swedish brand Foreo wins unprecedented Chinese IP ruling

Swedish skintech brand Foreo has been awarded a judgement of RMB3 million (US$450,000) in an unprecedented court ruling in Shanghai.

Peer-to-peer item-rental concept MyRent solves protection pain point

Singapore peer-to-peer on-demand item-rental marketplaces MyRent is increasing its Lender Protection Guarantee limit, with renters being covered five times more if items are mishandled or stolen.

Giordano opens new-generation store in Dubai

Hong Kong-listed apparel brand Giordano has revealed a new generation store design in its fully renovated store in Mirdif City Centre in Dubai.

Asia Pacific to drive global travel-retail sales

A new report has shown that the Asia Pacific region will continue to be a major driver of global duty-free and travel-retail sales.