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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.

Matsumoto Kiyoshi drugstore to set up joint venture in Vietnam

Japanses drugstore Matsumoto Kiyoshi is to open stores in Vietnam in partnership with a local company, Lotus Food Group.

AllRightsReserved debuts first project in Hong Kong

Creative studio AllRightReserved is launching Meet Project in Hong Kong in collaboration with local and foreign artists.

Samsonite sees third-quarter sales, operating profit fall

Luggage company Samsonite’s net sales fell by 0.7 per cent in the third quarter, as the US-China tariff war put pressure on the US market.

Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay still top of the world’s most expensive retail strips

Hong Kong ́s Causeway Bay remains top of the world’s most expensive retail strips, with rents rising to US$ 2,745 per square feet per annum.

% Arabica to open four stores in Indonesia

Bali, a beloved destination for tourists and popular amongst Australians, is about to get a % Arabica store.