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Burberry bullish despite Hong Kong sales collapsing

Burberry sales slumped by half in Hong Kong in the third quarter – but the British luxury-fashion label is lifting its full-year forecast as revenue elsewhere compensates.

2020: What’s in store for Asian retail

Asia’s scale, its pace of innovation and growth prospects mean that it’s one of the most exciting regions for food and consumer goods in global retail. So what’s in store for Asian retail this year?

Japanese franchise Kura Sushi to launch in China

Japanese restaurant franchise Kura Sushi is launching in its third overseas market, China.

International merchants embracing Chinese mobile payments, says report

A new survey by Alipay and Nielsen has found overseas merchants are actively exploring digital operations via Chinese mobile payments to increase sales and customer traffic.

Japanese restaurant group Skylark to end 24-hour trading

Japanese corporate restaurateur Skylark Holdings says it will discontinue 24-hour trading of 150 stores by April.

Malaysia’s Leather Avenue to expand across Asia

Malaysian leather goods and bags retailer Leather Avenue is planning a complete store redesign across its more than 30 outlets in Malaysia.

Crocs signs up A-listers as brand ambassadors

Casual footwear brand Crocs has added five new global ambassadors as it launches the fourth year of its Come As You Are global marketing campaign.

Luxury streetwear label Opening Ceremony to close all stores

Luxury retailer Opening Ceremony will shutter its entire store network this year after its sale to New Guards Group

Don Don Donki opens largest Singapore store yet

Don Don Donki has opened a new store at Jem mall in Jurong, its largest store yet in Singapore.  Spanning two floors, Don Don Donki at Jem mall has turned the old Marks & Spencer department-store space into its food court.  The new Don Don Donki store offers a wide selection of Japanese products including lifestyle, homewares and cosmetics. It also features a sushi coun…

Jeanswest enters voluntary administration due to online pressure

The Australian business of Hong Kong-owned apparel retailer Jeanswest has entered voluntary administration, due to the difficult trading conditions facing the clothing retail market Down Under.

South Korean convenience stores wind back 24-hour service

South Korean convenience-store owners are cancelling 24-service as minimum wage rise has eroded profits. Last year, president Moon Jae-in launched a campaign to raise the hourly minimum wage by 29 per cent over two years. With night-shift employees earning time-and-a-half pay, franchisees have been struggling to pay part-time staff during the small hours. Not all stores traded arou…

Fast Retailing cuts earnings forecast on Hong Kong, South Korean woes

Fast Retailing, parent of the Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo, has reduced forecasts for its full-year operating profit by 11 per cent.