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25 Jul
When one of Japan’s biggest apparel groups decides to close 500 stores, the impact on the industry is never going to be small. But World is not the only apparel firm to take an axe to its brand portfolio – TSI Holdings has closed 900 stores in the last three years alone. This is actually […]
25 Jul
While GMS chains are still larger by sales volume, convenience stores continue to make the greatest progress in the FMCG sector. Last month saw a range of announcements of yet more sales growth, new private brands, and other marketing initiatives.   The Japan Franchise Chain Association (JFCA) recorded convenience store (CVS) sales up 1.6% in […]
15 Jul
FOCUS: Retail Industry Performance FY2014: solid results for many as distribution evolution continues Retail results for FY2014 show just how well corporate retailing weathered the impact of the consumption tax increase in April 2014. Market share for the largest companies continues to grow, as does the percentage of sales taken up by private brands, but […]
15 Jul
FOCUS: Sogo Shosha in fashion: Japanese trading companies adapt to changing fashion market The big Japanese trading companies are key conduits in domestic apparel and fashion distribution. They supply yarn, buttons and other parts, clothing, accessories and footwear to most of the high street retailers, while also acting as distributors for hundreds of overseas brands. […]
14 Jul
FOCUS: 2014 Calendar Year Results: Leading chains make progress in difficult year Calendar year results for the three big format sectors, department stores, GMS and supermarket chains, and convenience stores, provide a quick hint of what to expect from results at the end of the financial year. Although 2014 was a difficult year given the […]
8 Apr
All brands & companies covered in JapanConsuming this month FOCUS: Chasing the tourist shopper: retail marketing strategies for inbound tourists in Japan Japan is enjoying unprecedented growth in inbound tourism. Department stores, hotels and overseas brands are benefiting first and foremost, but other formats are also eagerly introducing services and ranges directly targeting the tourist […]
8 Mar
All brands & companies covered in JapanConsuming this month Focus: Weddings: fewer, but more fun and opportunity On the surface it seems that Japan might be one of the worst prospects for anyone selling products or services related to weddings. Marriage rates are declining, because there are just fewer young people, but also because so […]
4 Feb
Click here to Subscribe Now All brands & companies covered in JapanConsuming this month FOCUS: Fashioning the home: the new road to riches? In the 1980s and 1990s Japan became a fashion market like no other, with almost every generation developing a fascination with personal style and brands, and a concomitant willingness to spend. Until […]
8 Jan
All brands & companies covered in JapanConsuming this month FOCUS: E-commerce: ¥20 trillion by 2018 While traditional formats struggle with consumption tax increases, saturated markets, locational problems, and low consumer confidence, Japan’s budding e-commerce (EC) channel continues to grow rapidly. Despite the stereotype imagined by people who’ve never been here, Japan is not really the […]
6 Dec
Click here for all brands & companies covered in JapanConsuming this month Leading shopping centre sales rise 4.2% Shopping centres had a great year in FY2013 thanks to higher spending on fashions, food and lifestyle goods. The top selling SCs fared much better than the sector as a whole, which was up 2.6% overall but […]
4 Nov
All brands & companies covered in JapanConsuming this month Focus: Convenience Stores: and then there were three Convenience stores seem to go from strength to strength. This year will set another new record for the number of new stores added to the three largest chains alone – and these three already account for some 75% […]
6 Oct
All brands & companies covered in JapanConsuming this month Apparel Retailing FY2013: the best year in 15 Apparel sales powered ahead last year, driven by consumer demand, excellent retailing and a stronger emphasis on value rather than price. With the exception of GMS stores sales rose across all formats – even at department stores. Displaying […]
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