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Skechers China growth drives optimism for global sales recovery

Skechers China sales growth has fuelled optimism for the shoe brand after it reported a huge slump in sales for the June quarter due to Covid-19 lockdowns.

Gentle Monster in Hangzhou portrays an old woman restoring her memory

In China, Gentle Monster has unveiled its new Hangzhou flagship concept called ‘Memory’ – yet another amazing avant garde installation-meets retail space.

Craze for Starbucks Korea’s reward items appears unstoppable

Amid the hype for Starbucks Korea’s small suitcases offered under its reward programme, customers’ competition to get camping chairs, another promotional item, ran high this week ahead of an end to the seasonal event.

South Korean sandwich chain Isaac Toast expands in Hong Kong

Renowned for being ‘the breakfast staple of Koreans’, sandwich chain Isaac Toast has just opened its second store in Hong Kong – seven months since its debut at Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza.

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.

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.

Subscription services ease pain for South Korean retailers

Indeed, subscription services have already evolved into many forms here expanding into diverse areas, including e-books, cosmetics, video streaming services and even rentals of Kia Motors Corp’s premium models.

AmorePacific launches luxury brand Sulwhasoo into India

South Korea beauty giant AmorePacific has launched its luxury brand Sulwhasoo across India exclusively with Indian retailer Nykaa.

Starbucks to open first bakery cafe in South Korea

Starbucks, marking its 21st year in South Korea with more than 1400 stores across the country, will open its first bakery cafe this month.

Sales growth disappoints South Korean department store operators

A South Korean government-led retail sale festival designed to boost spending amid the coronavirus outbreak ended yesterday.

Samsung unveils Samsung Infinity experiential concept in Seoul

Samsung has created an experiential concept store in south Seoul, dubbed Samsung Infinity, showcasing its products across multiple categories.

South Korean discount warehouses prosper during pandemic

Unlike shopping malls struggling in the aftermath of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, discount warehouses are seeing continuous growth.