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Uniqlo global sales soar

Uniqlo has reported a stellar quarter with international sales soaring 47 per cent. And its operating profit outside its home market of Japan rose even further in the three months to November 30 – by 57.2 per cent year on year to ¥24.3 billion, (US$203 million). Uniqlo, in a statement, said the international division performed “extremely well” with revenue and profit higher than expected. On the domestic market, Uniqlo also achieved higher than expected increases in revenue and profit…

Aeon reshuffles executive team

Japan retailer and mall operator Aeon Co has started the year with a reshuffle of its management team. The changes will effectively halve the number of executives and employees at head office level, with many functions like human resources and other operational roles moved to operating units, reducing centralisation. In personnel, Aeon Mall president Soichi Okazaki has been appointed president of Aeon Retail, replacing Kazunori Umemoto, who takes the role of Aeon Retail chairman. Okazak…

Japanese store casts customers as actors

A unique retail interior design in the Japanese city of Kobe has caught the attention of an international design awards competition. The 82sqm store design – ‘note et silence. mint Kobe’ – was created by a team led by Shin Takahashi, a renowned Japanese manga artist born in Hokkaido. It’s just been awarded a Golden A’ Design Award in Interior Space and Exhibition design by A’ Design Award and Competition  Takahashi says ‘note et silence’ is a select shop, in the port cit…