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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.

Muji bus targets customers in Japan’s mountains

Consumer goods retailer Muji has built a Muji bus – a store inside a revamped tourist coach targeting consumers living in Japan’s mountains.

Japanese cheap eatery operator Ootoya set for ownership fight

A long-running feud for control of a Japanese provider of home-cooked meals Ootoya has spilled out of the boardroom and into the kitchen.

7-Eleven marks milestone: its 71,100th store, in Seoul

7-Eleven has hit a new milestone with the opening of its 71,100th store.

NBA joins branded-mask trend, selling across Asia

North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) has launched a face-mask collection online, supporting communities impacted by Covid-19.

Burberry bullish on Asian prospects as China, South Korea recover

Fashion label Burberry is optimistic about a post-Covid-19 recovery as sales began to return to normal in Asia during the June quarter.

Featured store: Kura Sushi flagship in Tokyo

Japanese restaurant chain Kura Sushi has opened a flagship restaurant in Tokyo’s Asakusa district, designed by Kashiwa Sato of Samurai.

Muji to launch monthly subscription service with Idee

Japanese retailer Muji is to launch a subscription service for furniture and interior goods with its designer brand Idee.

Uniqlo says recovery varies vastly across Asian markets

Japanese fast fashion retailer Uniqlo is seeing a significant rise in sales in Japan despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Muji US enters Chapter 11 owing US$65 million

Japanese homewares and lifestyle retailer division Muji US has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with debts of US$64 million.

FamilyMart Japan subject of US$5 billion takeover bid

Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart will be sold outright to local trading house Itochu, according to a new report in Nikkei.

Takashimaya plunges into the red as Covid-19 eats into sales

Takashimaya, the Japanese department store operator, has reported a loss of US$190 million in the May quarter as it faced extraordinary payments related to the Covid-19 pandemic.