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Asian consumer behaviour may change forever after Covid-19

New research has shown that some shifts in Asian consumer behaviour in response to the coronavirus outbreak could be lasting beyond the pandemic.

Starbucks unveils financial support for staff in Asia

Global coffee giant Starbucks has announced a US$10 million fund to support its employees around the world impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Takashimaya to offer financial services in Japan

Japanese department store Takashimaya is to sell financial products and services in partnership with an online securities company, SBI Securities.

Japan’s Lixil Group launches online in China with JD

Japanese housing equipment company Lixil Group has launched a flagship store on JD, where it will showcase four of its brands: Grohe, American Standard.

Fast Retailing counts cost of coronavirus pandemic

Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo’s parent Fast Retailing has slashed its net profit forecast for this year to US$930 million, a drop of 38 per cent against last year’s figures

FamilyMart Taiwan plans 200 new stores

Familymart Taiwan is aiming to open 220–230 new stores in the territory this year, as the Japanese convenience-store chain franchise emerges unaffected by the coronavirus turmoil.

H&M’s sales recovery derailed by coronavirus

A recovery in fast-fashion retailer H&M’s sales and profit has been muted by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on stores across Asia.

Aeon to open mall in Myanmar by 2023

Japan’s largest retailer Aeon is to open a shopping mall in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, in 2023.

LVMH-backed L Catterton invests in Japanese cosmetics company Etvos

Japanese cosmetics brand Etvos has received a significant investment from global private-equity firm L Catterton’s Asia fund.

Dean & Deluca US files for bankruptcy

Thailand’s Pace Corporation has finally filed for bankruptcy of its Dean & Deluca US business after all of its North American stores were shuttered last year.

Don Don Donki opens second outlet in Thailand despite Covid-19

TiAmidst the Covid-19 outbreak, Japanese discount-variety store Don Don Donki has continued ahead with the opening of its latest branch in Bangkok, Thailand as part of its international expansion.

South Korean department stores restore sales programmes

South Korean department stores will no longer postpone their sales programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic.