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McDonald’s to buy AI voice-technology company Apprente

Fast-food restaurant giant McDonald’s is underscoring its increasing focus on technology by acquiring AI voice-technology company Apprente.

Hong Kong protests blamed for 40-per-cent slump in inbound visitors

Ongoing Hong Kong protests have been blamed for a 40-per-cent slump in inbound visitors to the territory in August.

Malaysian supermarket delists products labelled ‘palm-oil free’

Mydin, Malaysia’s largest supermarket chain, has announced plans to de-stock any products promoted as “palm-oil free” in a move aimed at discrediting the environmental movement.

Apple India plans three flagships and own online store

Apple India reportedly plans to open three brick-and-mortar outlets as well as an online store as it finally enters the world’s second-most-populous market.

Starbucks Reserve Riverside 66 Tianjin opens in heritage building

The Starbucks Reserve Riverside 66 Tianjin flagship store opening today combines history with an entirely modern ‘third-place experience’ for the brand’s customers.

Sales surge for Tiffany in China, but other markets suffer

Double-digit sales growth for Tiffany in China provided some encouragement for the US jewellery retailer in what was otherwise an unremarkable half.

7-Eleven Malaysia sales rise as new stores open

7-Eleven Malaysia has boosted sales by 7.2 per cent in the first half of this year, aided by new store openings, increased promotions and a higher average spend per customer.

Costco China opens first store in Shanghai

US warehouse retailer Costco opened its first store in China today, against a background of a worrying trade war between the US and China and at a time the local economy is showing signs of slowing.

Giant Malaysia reopens seven stores as it accelerates upgrade program

Giant Malaysia opened seven new-generation stores on a single day last week as Dairy Farm International-owned GCH Retail upgrades the retail-grocery brand.

Gong Cha secures private-equity investment to boost global expansion

International private equity company TA Associates will take an undisclosed stake in fast-growing bubble-tea chain Gong Cha.

Burger King China operator mulls Hong Kong IPO

Burger King China’s owner is mulling a listing in Hong Kong which could value the business at around US$1 billion.

G2000 banks on technology and laser-sharp focus for growth

Embracing new technology while maintaining a sharp focus on its market position, G2000 is continuing its expansion across Asia and the Middle East.

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