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First standalone M&S Food store in Singapore opens

Marks & Spencer has opened the first standalone M&S Food store in Singapore, located at One Raffles Place in the city’s CBD.

Pomelo launches in-app livestream shopping with Davika Hoorne

Southeast Asian omnichannel fashion retailer Pomelo has launched in-app shoppable livestream starring famous Thai actress Davika Hoorne.

Shopback wins investment from Singapore state fund

Singaporean cashback startup Shopback has secured around US$30 million in investment from state fund Tamasek, alongside existing investors.

Honestbee lays off most of its staff as it struggles to secure funding

Singaporean delivery firm Honestbee has laid off around 80 per cent of its staff as it searches for funding to remain trading.

Major expansion plan for Bonchon chicken in Thailand after Minor takes control

Thai-headquartered Minor International has bought an effective 70-per-cent stake in the master franchise rights holder of Bonchon chicken in Thailand.

Pet Lovers Centre flourishes in the Philippines

The Philippines’ Robinsons Retail will open its fifth Pet Lovers Centre (PLC) this year following its strategy of broadening its retail focus beyond fashion.

Dairy Farm International results dented by Hong Kong challenges

Tough trading conditions in Hong Kong have dulled the impact of Dairy Farm International’s transformation programme, despite solid sales growth in other markets.

Fresh insights on how Singaporean men shop online

The majority of Singaporean men spend at least 30 minutes shopping online every day, according to a survey by Southeast Asian e-commerce platform Shopee.

Coronavirus to wipe US$8.3bn off Asia-Pacific duty-free sales

The coronavirus outbreak has substantially altered forecasts for Asia-Pacific duty-free sales this year, according to research firm GlobalData.

Lunar New Year timing boosts Singapore retail sales in January

Singapore retail sales in January rose by 0.6 per cent, but it will be another month until the effects of the growing coronavirus crisis is evident.

Southeast Asian smartphone sales defies global trend

Southeast Asian smartphone sales rose last year, bucking the global trend, according to new data from market research house GFK.

Taiwan’s Chun Fun How opens in Singapore

Taiwanese bubble-tea chain Chun Fun How is preparing to launch a flagship store at the Esplanade in Singapore this month.