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Jan 05

JapanConsuming Headlines January 2010

Focus: Japan warms to online shopping There is a warm glow of satisfaction and even excitement in one area of consumer distribution: online shopping. Almost all the leading online shopping malls, web stores and mobile shops are enjoying strong growth as consumers shift their spending online. Wider selections, keen prices and the comfort of shopping […]

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Dec 03

JapanConsuming Headlines: December 2009

Bonuses slump, gift giving declines, department stores wail Department stores are in dire straights. This is hardly news after 20 months of ongoing decline and forecasts of the lowest annual sales total since 1985. Department store obituaries have been written numerous times already, not least in JC, but the death of their role in the […]

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Nov 01

JapanConsuming Headlines: November 2009

FOCUS: Shopping centres: more space, lower sales, lower rent While FY2007 was a good year for shopping centres (SCs), FY2008 was very challenging and presaged what has become an even tougher 2009. While sales fell for many, the rate of development has also declined after years of exuberant growth. The majority of SCs continued to […]

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Oct 04

JapanConsuming: Headlines October 2009

Focus: Apparel: a testing year reveals the winners Following last month’s focus on apparel distribution overall, this month we take a closer look at the most dominant apparel retail format: specialty chains. A much more mixed set of results for FY2008 reflects the difficult second half of the year facing every retailer selling apparel. Many […]

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Sep 02

JapanConsuming: Headlines September 2009

Focus: Falling apparel consumption hammers retailers The results for leading apparel retailers for FY2008 show the effect of the fall off in consumption in the second half of the year. So few companies were spared that little can be gained from looking at growth versus decline. Instead, for the most part, the measure of success […]

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