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Japanese streetwear brand íxi:z to make a comeback – in Singapore

Eighties-era Japanese streetwear brand íxi:z is making a second debut in Singapore, launching next week at Mandarin Gallery.

Aeon teams with UK online grocer Ocado to boost online offer

Japanese supermarket operator Aeon is seeking to expand its e-commerce arm by hiring British online grocer Ocado.

Asia driving Fortnum & Mason growth

Upmarket British department store firm Fortnum & Mason has enjoyed double-digit growth this financial year largely driven by its operations in Asia.

Japan retail sales tumble as tax rise takes effect

Japan retail sales fell by 7.1 per cent in October – the greatest single monthly fall in almost five years.

Frozen-themed cafes pop up in Japan

Frozen-themed cafes are popping up in Japan, marking the release of the Disney animated film Frozen 2.

American Eagle to close all its Japanese stores

All American Eagle and Aerie stores in Japan are set for closure by year end.

California coffee roaster Blue Bottle to launch in Hong Kong’s Central

Artisanal coffee roaster and retailer Blue Bottle has been rumoured to be expanding into Hong Kong since netizens discovered job postings for a brand experience manager and operations director back in August.

Uniqlo Korea sparks controversy – again

Uniqlo Korea has sparked yet another round of controversy, this time by distributing free Heattech shirts as part of a new marketing offensive.

Japanese used luxury-goods chain Komehyo has opened in Bangkok

Japanese used designer products retailer Komehyo has launched in Bangkok.

Swedish retailer Sneakersnstuff to make Asian debut in Tokyo

Stockholm-based retailer Sneakersnstuff is about to open a flagship store in Tokyo, its first Asia location.

Burberry Japan opens flagship store in Ginza

Burberry Japan has opened a flagship store in Tokyo’s Ginza district, the label’s fourth new store to open in the last six months.

FamilyMart Japan culls staff as store network shrinks

FamilyMart Japan is reducing its operational costs by letting go 800 employees, equal to about one in 10 of the convenience-store operator’s total staff count.