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Our monthly report, JapanConsuming, gives subscribers an easy, fast way to keep up with consumer trends, deals, marketing ideas, retail strategies, and all the latest store and consumer data, in a clear, concise format.
Below are the highlights from the current and all past issues. Find out more about JapanConsuming here.
May 2017 Highlights
FOCUS: Home Fashion market expands within sluggish consumer economy IKEA Japan opened an online store last month, much earlier than[...]
April 2017 Highlights
FOCUS: EC Success: best practices in selling online in Japan Kurt Salmon carried out its second Annual Digital Fulfilment Study[...]
March 2017 Highlights
FOCUS: Fashion: The biggest e-commerce category – and still growing fast Our recent focus on e-commerce (JC1701) showed just how[...]
February 2017 Highlights
FOCUS: Supermarkets becoming regional powerhouses as GMS chains flounder Japan’s supermarket sector remains extremely fragmented, but with consumers waking up[...]
January 2017 Highlights
FOCUS: E-commerce in Japan: 20% of retail by 2022 E-commerce will be Japan’s largest single retail channel by 2022. Having[...]
December 2016 Highlights
FOCUS: Three chains mop up convenience store sector The convenience sector stands alone in terms of growth and innovation over[...]
November 2016 Highlights
FOCUS: Shopping Centres 2015-16: Top SCs surge nearly 7% on upgrades and tourism After sales growth of 4% in both[...]
October 2016 Highlights
FOCUS: Apparel Retailing 2015-16: specialty retailers surge ahead, led by top chains The apparel market overall contracted in 2015, but[...]
September 2016
FOCUS Department Stores FY2015: the sun still shining but storm clouds gathering Department store sales are a bellwether for the[...]
July-Aug 2016 Highlights
FOCUS Retail Results FY2015: one of the best years for retailing since the 1980s Japanese retailers had a remarkably good[...]
June 2016 Highlights
FOCUS: Outlet malls: here to stay A full update on Japan's Outlet Mall sector, main players and stats. Gap Japan[...]
May 2016 Highlights
FOCUS Expenditure 2011-2015: Trouble ahead as consumption falls on the back of wage stagnation Retailers made hay in the last[...]

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Mark Phillips
Japan Marketer

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