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Uniqlo same-store sales up 4 per cent in July on stay-at-home demand

Casual fashion brand Uniqlo’s Japanese same-store sales rose 4 per cent year on year in July as consumers stocked up on comfortable “stay at home” clothes amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Uniqlo South Korea closes more outlets amid boycott

Uniqlo will shutter nine more of its South Korean outlets next month due to a steep drop in demand amid anti-Japanese boycotts.

Seven & I confirms on-again, off-again Speedway deal

Japanese 7-Eleven convenience store chain owner Seven & I will purchase Marathon Petroleum’s American Speedway petrol stations for US$21 billion.

Lawson unveils portable convenience stores in China

Japanese convenience store chain Lawson is launching a series of prefabricated stores in China.

I.T Limited sales, margins eroded due to Covid-19 lockdowns

Hong Kong-headquartered fashion retailer I.T Limited says its sales have fallen in all of its markets, with the US and Japan the worst affected.

Japan retail sales fall in June

Japanese retail sales have fallen by 1.2 per cent during the month of June over statistics for the same month last year.

Suning to shut half of its Laox store network in Japan

Japanese electronics retailer Laox is to shut half of its stores in Japan as its customer base dried up due to Covid-19 social-distancing.

Loft launches in Shanghai

Japanese lifestyle specialty store Loft has opened its first directly owned overseas store, ‘Xujiahui Loft’ in Shanghai.

Owndays partners with Wagyumafia to launch new eyewear range

Eyewear retailer Owndays has launched a new sunglass range branded Chateaubriand in collaboration with restaurant brand Wagyumafia.

Shiseido looks to China’s online model for post-pandemic growth

Shiseido is pumping up its e-commerce presence amid a “deep crisis” in the beauty business, looking to its China strategy as a growth model.

Cecil McBee to close down all stores

Japanese clothing producer Cecil McBee is shuttering all its physical outlets in its home territory.

Asia outperforms for Groupe L’Occitane as pandemic decimates European sales

Strong sales across Asia and rapid online growth helped beauty-products retailer Groupe L’Occitane contain its sales decline during the June quarter to a comparatively respectable 22 per cent.