February 2024 IssueE-commerce review: omnichannel consolidationE-commerce growth slowed marginally as the sector consolidated post-Covid but remained higher than any other channel in 2022. By 2025-26, it will be the largest retail channel, overtaking ...

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December 2023 IssueFOCUS:Shopping malls: more proactive and disciplined post-CovidJapan's shopping malls are now trading at pre-pandemic levels again and developers and tenants alike are much more upbeat and optimistic about the future. The ...

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June 2023 IssueThe great divide: Isetan and Hankyu break records as regional stores closeSome department stores enjoyed record sales in FY2022 but the gap in performance accelerated between city centre stores and the ...

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February 2023 IssueFootwear sales rebound in weakened sectorFootwear sales plummeted during Covid, except for sports and hiking shoes, with a deleterious impact on all the big three retailers. While ABC Mart has recovered, ...

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July-August 2023 Issue Sale of Sogo Seibu imminentInitial reports suggest that Fortress Investment, part of the Softbank group of funds, is now the frontrunner in negotiations to acquire Sogo Seibu department stores from ...

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May 2023 Issue Big retailers resist price pressure As more suppliers announce price increases, larger retailers are turning to discount campaigns to establish some early price credibility before competition gets even fiercer. Lower ...

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