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City Chain parent records another loss, as trade war dampens sentiment

Same-store sales by watch retailer City Chain improved last year – but parent Stelux Holdings still recorded a loss of US$4.4 million.

Fresh capital for Vestiaire Collective to fund Asian expansion

Pre-owned luxury fashion retailer Vestiaire Collective has completed a €40 million round of financing led by BPIFrance and new CEO Max Bittner.

Japanese tax-free store operator Laox to expand in China

Japanese tax-free store operator Laox plans to raise US$94 million to expand its activities in China and boost its e-commerce footprint.

Lazada brand refreshed and new tagline adopted

For the first time in five years, the Lazada brand has had a revamp, reflecting a transition into a lifestyle destination.

Chinese online pharmacy Ecmoho plans US$100 million IPO

Chinese online pharmacy Ecmoho is seeking to list on the New York Stock Exchange in order to raise US$100 million for expansion.

E-commerce explosion driving worldwise warehouse boom

An e-commerce-driven warehouse boom will see 57,000 more distribution centres in operation by 2025 then existed last year.

US shoes-from-plastic brand begins store rollout

Online shoes-from-plastic brand Rothy’s is opening its first physical stores in four key US locations.

Prada Thunder pop up opens at Harbour City

Luxury fashion house Prada has launched a pop-up store at Atrium II in Harbour City to introduce its Prada Thunder project.

E-commerce platform Shopline enters Malaysia

Hong Kong e-commerce platform Shopline is launching into a second Southeast Asian market after finding success in Vietnam.

Gentle Monster launches kids collection

Gentle Monster Kids makes its debut in Singapore at its Marina Bay Sands flagship.

Line Friends hits Hollywood

Global character brand Line Friends opened its second and largest official US store last Saturday. The new Los Angeles store on Hollywood Blvd, which offers interactive photo zones and signature character merchandise, attracted more than 18,000 visitors on opening weekend. It features a large-scale retail space with a wide array of photo zones and Instagram-ready displays.

% Arabica Singapore to open next week

Coffee concept % Arabica Singapore is to open three stores initially, the first on Arab Street next week.