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Asia Pacific to drive global travel-retail sales

A new report has shown that the Asia Pacific region will continue to be a major driver of global duty-free and travel-retail sales.

Dior takes Maison concept to Isetan in Tokyo

Luxury fashion brand Dior has launched a pop-up at Isetan in Tokyo.

Asia dominates global retail acquisitions in September

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

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.

Desigual Japan expands as locals embrace edgy label

Desigual Japan has opened its third store as it targets further growth in the country.

Uniqlo to quadruple Southeast Asia store network

Japanese casual wear retailer Uniqlo plans a four-fold increase in its Southeast Asian store count during the next decade.

French patisserie Gontran Cherrier opens first Asian bakery, in Hong Kong

Fourth-generation French baker and globally recognised pastry chef Gontran Cherrier has opened his first boulangerie and restaurant in Hong Kong’s newest retail destination, K11 Musea.

Takashimaya bullish about profit potential in Southeast Asia

Japanese department-store operator Takashimaya is banking on its Vietnam and Thailand expansion to drive growth this year as it seeks to achieve profitability in its Southeast Asian business.

Japan and South Korea battle it out in Vietnam retail market

South Korean companies are engaged in a fierce battle with Japanese rivals in the Vietnam retail market, which has emerged as a “post-China.”

Alibaba launches 2019 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba Group has launched its 2019 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, taking the annual event into its second decade.

Japanese gluten-free cafe Kobeya opens in the UAE

The first Japanese and Far Eastern gluten free cafe Kobeya has opened its doors at the Wasl Vita Mall, Dubai.

Japanese retail chain Usupso opens store in Ghy

Japanese fashion retail chain Usupso is opening three new stores at once in India.