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‘Sales War’ looms as South Korean Shopping Festival begins

A South Korean Shopping Festival is about to begin, modelled on the likes of Black Friday in the US and Singles’ Day in China. Fierce competition is expected among e-commerce companies this year as well as they take on brick-and-mortar retailers. As recently as a couple years ago, November was an off-season for shopping in South Korea with only a few vendors holding promotional ev…

Uniqlo sales plunge in South Korea

Massive discount offers have failed to stem a plunge in Uniqlo sales in South Korea, where it has been targeted by the boycott movement.

South Korea’s outdoor-fashion industry in ‘dire’ state

South Korea’s outdoor-fashion industry is in “dire” condition with brands and retailers “slowly fading into obscurity”.

Trung Nguyen to open 3000 E-Coffee outlets next year

Vietnamese coffee giant Trung Nguyen says it plans to open 3000 E-Coffee shops next year, before making its debut offshore.

Japan and South Korea battle it out in Vietnam retail market

South Korean companies are engaged in a fierce battle with Japanese rivals in the Vietnam retail market, which has emerged as a “post-China.”

Fake Korean brand Mumuso defies court order to close Seoul brand

Mumuso, a Chinese distributor of household goods accused of imitating a Korean brand, is turning a blind eye to the recent government order to shut down its South Korean branch.

Burger King Asia-Pacific opens 3000th restaurant

The Burger King Asia-Pacific network has reached a milestone, the 3000th restaurant which just opened in Shanghai.

Uniqlo South Korea courts controversy as it attempts comeback

Facing an unprecedented boycott campaign Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo has launched a comeback campaign in South Korea – only to stumble almost immediately. Uniqlo South Korea’s new television commercial rekindled controversy following complaints that the ad made fun of Japanese sex slaves. Following the boycott movement which dates back to July, Uniqlo closed four stores in Sout…

Alibaba launches 2019 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba Group has launched its 2019 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, taking the annual event into its second decade.

K-beauty brands vow to defend against Sephora South Korea onslaught

South Korea’s big-name beauty retailers are prepared to defend their market share from the launch of Sephora South Korea, which debuts this week.

Samsung China’s first flagship opens – opposite an Apple store

Samsung China has opened its first flagship experience store in the market – and it is right opposite its archrival.

E-Mart plans to sell stores to reduce debt

South Korean big-box retailer E-mart will sell 13 store buildings and land to improve its financial situation.