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8 Jul
Click here to Subscribe Now Focus: Sales peak or new beginning? Retail results FY2013 FY2013 retail results were heavily influenced by both renewed consumer confidence and increased spending spurred by the pending tax increase, but they also represent a new benchmark for the industry. Whereas a decade ago, the high performing retailers stood out as […]
8 Jun
Click here to Subscribe Now Focus on Drugstores: convenience stores for women Drugstores were mostly small, independent stores or small regional chains as recently as 10 years ago. Today they make up one of the most dynamic retail sectors in the country. In volume it is about to become the latest retail sector to overtake […]
6 May
7 Apr
Click here to Subscribe Now Polarising Market: winners and losers in Japan’s leading city markets Japan is facing a major drop off in population over the next 40-60 years – and the decline has already begun. Government forecasts expect a reduction of as much as a third of the current 127 million people. But not […]
7 Mar
Click here to Subscribe Now Get ready for 20 million tourists Japan has the lowest levels of inbound tourism among advanced economies, but this is about to change thanks to lavish marketing, the growing affluence of neighbouring populations, Japan’s increasing soft power, and in 2020 the Olympics. The benefits to retailers and brands will be […]
6 Feb
Click here to Subscribe Now Focus: Consumption Tax to hit while incomes still falling Retailers are bracing themselves for consumer reaction to the increase in Consumption Tax. Retailers may be worried, but some consumers are looking at a serious change to their spending patterns if incomes don’t increase soon. Although the last rise in 1997 […]
8 Jan
Click here to Subscribe Now Focus: Specialty apparel FY2012: gaining further ground The results for specialty apparel retailing in FY2012 were even better than 2011, reflecting higher spending on premium fashions as well as a general uplift in consumer demand. The top specialty apparel retailers outperformed the market, averaging 9.1% growth and now account for […]
5 Dec
Click here to Subscribe Now Focus: Solid growth for SCs as new build rate rises again Shopping centres had a solid year in 2012 with the top 100 seeing sales rise 2.2% thanks to higher spending on fashions, food and lifestyle goods. The largest SCs are growing much quicker than the sector as a whole, […]
11 Nov
Click here to Subscribe Now Convenience stores: new models in fight to the finish The convenience store sector is without doubt the most successful in the Japanese retail industry. The leading chains, Seven Eleven, Lawson and Familymart, are also some of the best performing retailers in the world and responsible for a good proportion of […]
7 Oct
Click here to Subscribe Now Focus: Apparel Retailing FY2012: leading from the top Apparel sales rose 0.4% in FY2012 but the top 100 averaged growth of 5.2%, a strong result, helping the top 100 garner more than 60% share of the apparel market. Specialty chains continued to deliver most of the growth, but e-commerce businesses […]
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