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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.

Indian fashion chain W expands into footwear

Indian women’s fashion chain W is expanding its business into footwear, preparing to sell shoes in more than 80 W stores across the country.

Mass job losses in Indian retail feared as malls closed

Retail Association of India CEO Kumar Rajagopalan has said that if the country’s retail lockdown continues through to June, 30 per cent of retailers will collapse and 1.8 million jobs will be lost.

McDonald’s logo changed to promote social distancing

International fast food chain McDonald’s logo has been altered in some global markets to emphasise the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Reliance Retail buys Indian department-store chain

Reliance Retail Ventures Limited has bought Indian retailer Shri Kannan Departmental Store for US$20 million.

Malls in India seek government aid during shutdown

Malls in India affected by the coronavirus outbreak are seeking a bailout from the government to compensate for losses incurred during a mandatory shut down period through to March 31.

Digital payments in India rise as consumers stay home

Digital payments in India have risen by 10 per cent over the last month, despite a 30-per-cent decline in online travel spending.

India’s Flipkart applies for food-retailing licence

Indian e-commerce platform Flipkart has filed for approval from regulatory authorities to conduct food retail in the territory.

Giordano to focus on global expansion as sales fall in greater China

Giordano group sales fell 11.9 per cent last year to US$624.6 million with sales at physical stores falling by 9.6 per cent and to franchisees by 24.2 per cent.

Indian retailers in Samsung boycott over online discounts

Indian retailers are staging a three-day Samsung boycott in response to the firm’s exclusive discounting deals with e-commerce operators.

South Korean fast-fashion brand 2358 to open 100 stores in India

South Korean fast-fashion brand 2358 says it plans to open 100 stores in India by the end of this year.

Reliance Brands plans to launch a luxury-fashion portal online

Indian conglomerate Reliance Brands is launching a luxury fashion in e-commerce portal through its online fashion site Ajio.