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Komeda cafe plans $908m IPO

Japanese cafe chain Komeda is set to list on the Tokyo bourse with a market capitalisation of ¥100 billion.

BeautyFresh has bold Asian ambitions

Singapore cosmetics startup BeautyFresh is eyeing the eCommerce potential in Asia.

BeautyFresh seeks to tap Asian potential

Singapore cosmetics startup BeautyFresh is eyeing the eCommerce potential in Asia.

Weak growth, lower profit for Metro Holdings Singapore

After selling its Beijing mall, Metro Holdings Singapore reported a lower net profit of S$113.3 million in its latest financial year.

Uniqlo price-rise tactic fails

A tactic to move to high prices over the past year has failed for Japanese casualwear chain Uniqlo.

Sales still falling for Japan department stores

Japan department stores saw their sales fall 3.8 per cent last month, continuing a trend that started in March.

Blancpain Osaka shop-in-shop opens

As well as opening a Blancpain Osaka shop-in-shop, the Swiss watchmaker has a new flagship boutique in Hong Kong.

Manolo Blahnik expanding in Asia

Shoe brand Manolo Blahnik International is expanding in Asia with help from Hong Kong luxury goods importer Bluebell Group.

Manolo Blahnik expanding in Singapore

Shoe brand Manolo Blahnik is expanding in Asia with help from Hong Kong luxury goods importer Bluebell Group. Bluebell will hold the distribution rights and manage retail development for Manolo Blahnik in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. For Japan, the brand will have its first shop-in-shop this autumn, designed by Nick Leith-Smith Architecture and Design. A Tokyo flagship will be opened next year. Bluebell Group will also support the 41 outlets already selling the brand in Japan. Also this aut…

Richemont Asia stores set for cull

Richemont Asia stores are set to be culled as the company reports sagging sales everywhere in the region except Mainland China.

Hokkaido dairy pop-up educates, engages

A Hokkaido dairy pop-up ‘flagship’ shop has introduced Tokyo consumers to the northern brand.

New Toys’R’Us Asia-Pacific president named

The new Toys’R’Us Asia-Pacific president has been named by the toy retailer.