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Ikea China starts building first store in southwest province of Yunnan

Ikea China has started construction of its first store in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

Indian traders lobby for ban on Flipkart, Amazon sales

The Confederation of All India Traders is asking the government to ban pending sales events to be held by e-commerce rivals Amazon and Flipkart.

Vietnamese footwear brand Saado eyes US expansion after Southeast Asian success

Vietnamese startup footwear brand Saado plans to expand its retail network into the US after successful launch in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar within just a year.

Thailand’s Central Group names new executives

Thailand’s Central Group has appointed Stephane Coum as CEO of Central Food Retail.

J Crew to spin off high-flying Madewell denim brand

The Madewell denim brand is set to be split off from J Crew as part of a planned IPO by parent Chinos Holdings.

Gap Inc to franchise Athleta, Janie and Jack brands in Asia

Gap Inc is planning to roll out Janie and Jack and Athleta stores globally, via a franchise model.

Japanese baker Hattendo to franchise stores in Hong Kong

Japanese baker Hattendo is planning to ramp up its store rollout in Asia, with particular focus on Greater China and Southeast Asia. Japanese baker Hattendo is planning to ramp up its store rollout in Asia, with particular focus on Greater China and Southeast Asia. The company – known for its cream-filled buns – already has stores in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Its next stop …

Muji apologises for Shanghai slur

Japanese retailer Muji has issued an apology to the Chinese people for referring to an historic neighbourhood in Shanghai as the “French Concession” in a social media post.

The Coffee Club Vietnam opens its first store

The first The Coffee Club Vietnam store has opened, marking the Australian-founded chain’s 10th international market.

Ermenegildo Zegna asks: What does it mean to be a man today?

Luxury business consultancy group RTG Consulting has worked closely with Ermenegildo Zegna to conceptualise a global holistic campaign to foster “a genuine, fearless and global conversation about modern masculinity”.

Pomelo secures US$52 million in funding for expansion

Leading omnichannel fashion company Pomelo has secured US$52 million in funding, making it the first Thai startup to raise a Series C funding round.

Singapore retail sales slip again in July

Singapore retail sales in July fell by 2.4 per cent after motor vehicles were excluded from the data.

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