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Mothercare UK enters administration, but Asian stores unaffected

Maternity retailer Mothercare has placed its UK business into administration as it seeks to protect its profitable international business.

Singapore’s Qoo10 merges with Indian e-commerce company Shopclues

Indian e-commerce company Shopclues is merging with Singapore-based e-commerce company Qoo10.

22 Factor launches on-demand 3D knitting service

Knitwear lifestyle brand, 22 Factor, let designers create their own garments with the new on-demand 3D knitting service.

M&S halal range destined for Asia

A new M&S halal range announced in the UK has been confirmed as destined for Asia.

Estee Lauder Asia sales rose 24 per cent in latest quarter

Estee Lauder Asia Pacific sales rose 24 per cent in the latest quarter – a stark contrast to the cosmetics giant’s US performance, where revenue fell 6 per cent.

Alibaba revives IPO plan, likely to list after 11.11 say sources

Alibaba is resuming plans to list on the Hong Kong exchange in a move expected to raise US$10–15 billion.

Asia dominates global retail acquisitions in September

Asian deals dominated global retail acquisitions in September according to a database compiled by GlobalData.

La Chapelle bleeds cash as shoppers shun boring offer

Troubled Hong Kong-listed fashion retailer La Chapelle has recorded a nine-month loss of nearly HK$1 billion after sales plunged 18.8 per cent year on year.

The secret to % Arabica’s success: consistency and focus

Kyoto-based coffee chain % Arabica opened its first store in London this month – and it plans 70 more within the next year.

Li & Fung signs Arctic Ocean shipping pledge

Supply chain solutions firm Li & Fung has signed a pledge under its logistics business LF Logistics to support an initiative to prohibit shipping through the Arctic Ocean.

Gucci powers Kering growth

French international luxury group Kering has seen positive trading results brought on by stronger-than-expected sales of its Gucci brand. The group is among several luxury houses that have so far managed to ride out interruptions to business caused by 21 weeks of protests in Hong Kong. Kering is following a strategy of redistributing stock originally intended for sale in Hong Kong to…

Vans, The North Face parent reports huge sales growth in China

VF Corporation – parent of brands including Vans and The North Face – says sales in China soared 20 per cent in the September quarter.