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% Arabica expands in Indonesia

Japanese coffee chain % Arabica is launching four locations in Indonesia, with new stores scheduled for Jakarta and Bali next month.

Japan retail sales fall

Retail sales in Japan dropped 2.6 per cent year on year during December, according to data released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Japanese chocolatier Royce quits South Korea

Japanese chocolatier Royce is shuttering its operations in South Korea, closing all nine of its locations in the territory, including five shops in Seoul by the end of next month.

World-first Louis Vuitton cafe and restaurant opens in Osaka

The world’s first Louis Vuitton cafe and restaurant have opened inside the stunning new Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji in Japan.

Japanese drug stores Matsumotokiyoshi and Cocokara Fine to merge

Japanese pharmacy chains Matsumotokiyoshi and Cocokara Fine are entering into a merger.

Kadokawa targets foreigners with EJ Anime store online

Kadokawa Corporation has launched an EJ Anime store online where people living overseas can purchase official merchandise for Japanese anime, comics, light novels and games.

Toranoana opens collaborative shop with Sanrio characters in Tokyo

Japanese manga-related retailer Toranoana has partnered with Sanrio to open a collaborative store selling Sanrio character merchandise, in Tokyo’s Akihabara district. A variety of Sanrio character merchandise, including the famous Hello Kitty, are displayed on the first floor of the store. Toranoana and Sanrio say they hope their…

Coronavirus: ‘severe’ impact looms for Asian travel-retail sector

Asian travel-retail sales in Hong Kong and globally are expected to be heavily impacted by the growing coronavirus crisis.

Tea chain Nayuki to expand into Japan, US

After a successful launch in Singapore, Chinese tea chain Nayuki now plans to open stores in Japan and the US this year.

Retailers across Asia brace for Coronavirus impact as death toll mounts

As health authorities across Asia struggle to assess the severity and impact of the deadly Coronavirus, hundreds of stores have closed in Mainland China.

Burberry bullish despite Hong Kong sales collapsing

Burberry sales slumped by half in Hong Kong in the third quarter – but the British luxury-fashion label is lifting its full-year forecast as revenue elsewhere compensates.

2020: What’s in store for Asian retail

Asia’s scale, its pace of innovation and growth prospects mean that it’s one of the most exciting regions for food and consumer goods in global retail. So what’s in store for Asian retail this year?