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In Tokyo, Hublot opens its largest flagship yet

LVMH-owned watchmaker Hublot has opened its largest flagship store yet in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district in Japan.

Central Retail takes full control of FamilyMart Thailand

Central Retail has taken full control of the FamilyMart Thailand business, a precursor to expanding the network in the country.

% Arabica Thailand flagship set to launch in Bangkok

The long-awaited % Arabica Thailand flagship store is finally set to open in Bangkok next week.

GU South Korea stores closed down, but brand will remain online

Fast Retailing is closing its GU South Korea stores, but will continue selling online in the market, after sales were hit by ongoing anti-Japan protests and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tencent and Honda to build in-car shopping system

Tencent and Honda, the Japanese car maker, have teamed up to build an in-car infotainment system for the Chinese market which lets people shop online.

Don Don Donki accelerates Hong Kong expansion

Japanese discount retailer Don Don Donki is to open up to three more stores in Hong Kong imminently, including a flagship in Causeway Bay.

Japanese clothing firm Renown collapses

Japanese heritage clothing firm Renown, majority owned by China’s Shandong Ruyi, has filed for bankruptcy after the closure of department stores cut its cashflow.

7-Eleven and Nike to launch co-branded sneakers

7-Eleven and Nike will collaborate to create a new sneaker featuring the convenience-store chain’s distinctive logo colours, but the shoes will most likely be released only in Japan.

Uniqlo Japan same-store sales plunge in April

Uniqlo Japan same-store sales including online plunged 56.5 per cent in April as the Covid-19 crisis led to restricted store opening times.

Muji Japan moves online as Covid-19 crisis closes stores

Muji Japan has launched an online store on Amazon, strengthening its e-commerce presence as the Covid-19 crisis closes stores.

Eating at home will be ‘the new reality’ for Asian consumers after Covid-19

Covid-19 has changed Asian customers’ habits, especially in Hong Kong, as more of them decide to eat at home, according to research from Nielsen.

Covid-19 exacerbates apparel-sales decline in Japan

Sales of apparel and accessories at Japanese department stores plummeted 40 per cent last month compared with a year earlier.