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Watsons Philippines targets 200 community stores

Health and beauty retailer Watsons Philippines is about to start rolling out stores in communities, boosting its generic medicines offer.

Hong Kong Gifts Fair draws 4200 exhibitors

More than 4200 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions will feature in the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, from April 27 to 30.

Baidu deal opens Watsons to 30m mainlanders

Watsons has reached an agreement with Baidu Waimai, opening the door to 30 million shoppers in 120 Mainland China cities.

A S Watson snaps up Dutch chain

Hong Kong based A S Watson has bought a 50-strong chain of pharmacies in the Netherlands. The deal with Dirx Drugstores will see all 50 stores of the Dirx health and beauty retail network fall under Watson ownership, along with five additional locations currently under development. Most of the stores are in the Randstad region. All Dirx employees will join A S Watson, parent of Kruidvat and Trekpleister chains in Holland. The Dirx stores will be converted to either Kruidvat or Trekpleister…

Pharmacy battle ahead in Philippines

Just one week after Dairy Farm International bought a controlling stake in an established Filipino pharmacy chain, its archrival AS Watson says it is continuing with an ambitious expansion program. Watson and Dairy Farm, both based in Hong Kong, are the dominant players in the pharmacy and beauty care sector across Asia, the only major rival being UK-based Boots which has a strong market share in Thailand. Watson Personal Care Stores (Phil) last week marked the opening of its 400th store i…