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Apr 05

April Top Stories

Widespread price rises at retail and wholesale With energy costs still rising and ongoing supply-chain issues exacerbated by the re-emergence of Covid problems in China, Japanese consumers suddenly face the prospect of genuine price inflation – as opposed to the imaginary one that the government has tried to promote for the past decade. How will […]

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Mar 03

March Top Stories

Household expenditure increases in 2021 and more of it online The latest figures show that, even though incomes fell for the first time in five years in 2021, average monthly household expenditure recovered and then accelerated at the end of the year. Online spending grew significantly, and much of this was new growth. Editorial: Getting […]

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Mar 03

February Top Stories

Seven & I to sell Sogo Seibu Department Stores Numerous reports indicate that Seven & I is preparing its Sogo Seibu department store subsidiary for sale. This follows years of calls from major investors to dispose of underperforming assets at Japan’s second largest retail conglomerate. Although it is a step forward, Seven & I still […]

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Mar 03

January Top Stories

Cainz takes on Nitori with Tokyu Hands takeover Iconic retail chain, Tokyu Hands, is to be acquired by Cainz, Japan’s leading home centre retailer. Tokyu Hands remains as popular as ever thanks to its unique merchandising, but it has struggled to be profitable for a long time. This is something that Cainz should be able […]

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Dec 03

December Top Stories

Baycrews grows online sales to 50% of turnoverBaycrews is showing how it’s done. It is tying stores and online to create real omnichannel retailing and making best use of staff knowledge and experience, an increasingly crucial asset in the competitive online fashion market. Editorial: A real festive season in 2021 B8ta opens 3rd Japanese storeB8ta […]

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Dec 03

November Top Stories

Zozo launches OMO platform, opens first pop-up store Zozo is getting physical: it will open its first popup physical store and start a new platform service to make it easy for merchants’ shop staff to sell and communicate with Zozo customers. Other big platforms are following suit. Zozo will also launch a new measuring service […]

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Oct 05

October Top Stories

Online fashion sales soarContraction in apparel consumption aside, fashion retailers and brands have made dramatic strides to pull in customers online with e-commerce sales up 24% last year according to one survey, faster than the growth in e-commerce overall. Even some wholesalers are succeeding digitally. Editorial: Ready to recover? Alpen aims for record salesSports chain […]

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Sep 06

September Top Stories

Muji: a ¥3 trillion brand by 2030?Ryohin Keikaku fired a broadside at Uniqlo last month when it confirmed not only that its new president would be a former lieutenant to Tadashi Yanai, but that it plans to reduce prices to compete with Uniqlo in apparel and Nitori in home.  While Muji is today a quarter […]

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Jul 13

July-August Top Stories

Shrinking, ageing Japan but a growing solo marketThe latest Census confirms the ongoing fall in total population across most of the country but reveals surprising growth markets in small pockets, particularly around Greater Tokyo which now accounts for 29% of the total population. There are also ever growing numbers of single people, expanding the promising […]

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Jun 07

June Top Stories

Apparel groups respond to crisis2020 was an annus horribilis for the apparel sector, and particularly for wholesale-centred firms. The good news is that most have come out of the crisis energised, with new ideas about how to save their businesses and some even think they can expand again through e-commerce and diversification beyond apparel. Editorial: […]

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May 14

May Top Stories

Key stories in this month’s issue of JapanConsuming, the essential monthly analysis and data update on Japan’s retail & consumer markets: FY2020 proves better than expected as savings surgeInevitably, there were widespread problems throughout the retail sector in 2020, and with drugstores and supermarkets suffering a relative decline in the first quarter of 2021, things are still yet […]

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Apr 08

April Top Stories

Gamechanger: Rakuten’s win-win alliance with Japan PostThe war between Softbank/Z Holdings and Rakuten for leadership in digital ecosystems has seen Z Holdings acquire new partners and subsidiaries, and take leadership in cashless payments and then messaging through its merger with LINE (see Page10). Now Rakuten is fighting back with a truly game changing deal with […]

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Mar 05

March Top Stories

KEY STORIES IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE Japanese becoming wealthier There are now more rich people in Japan, with the number of ultra rich families increasing by 3.6% in the past two years, but a huge 67% since 2005. More than 1.3 million households now have assets over ¥100 million, presenting an attractive market at the […]

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Feb 20

February Top Stories

FOCUS: E-Commerce is Booming This month’s focus is a complete review of the e-commerce sector, including a unique top 100 ranking, and shows that online retailing looks set to become the biggest retail channel this year and to widen the gap with other channels sharply in the next five years. Some categories already see more […]

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Jan 15

January Top Stories

Nitori to expand N+ fashion chain and add 200 new furniture storesNitori, one of Japan’s best performing retailers, plans to increase the pace of growth, with up to 200 new stores in the next three years. The furniture chain will also invest around ¥200 billion in logistics to support the expansion, as well as rapidly […]

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Jan 15

December Top Stories

KKR & Rakuten ignite online food battle with Seiyu purchase Walmart’s 18-year attempt to build a business in Japan ended last month when the US retailer announced it would sell 85% of its stake in Seiyu to KKR and Rakuten. Seiyu has been transformed under Walmart’s leadership although it is much smaller than when Walmart […]

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Nov 06

November Top Stories

Rakuten moves into luxury marketRakuten is determined to become a leader in online fashion retailing, hoping some of the sector’s glamour will burnish its own brand name too. After relaunching its fashion store as Rakuten Fashion last year, it has now opened a new luxury section, including brands from LVMH, reflecting how online malls are […]

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Oct 13

October Top Stories

Style Factory: following Workman’s success into homewareCainz, the sector-leading home centre chain owned by Beisia Group, opened two new stores for its Style Factory concept over the summer, both around Tokyo. The new interiors and homeware stores look ideal for rapid rollout in SCs given the current surge in demand for home merchandise and will […]

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Sep 08

September Top Stories

Workman thrives in crisisIt hasn’t been easy selling clothing in the last six months or even in the months before, unless, that is, you are Workman. The workwear to sports retailer delivered six straight months of sales growth peaking at 44% year-on-year thanks to its low price cost performance and relentless expansion of its private […]

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Sep 08

July-August Top Stories

Essentials strong in May but in June discretionary bounces back Retail sales slumped again in May, but only because people are not buying clothes, visiting department stores and shopping centres, or buying their lunches at convenience stores. Although this led to another major drop in total sales, several sectors did very well and in June […]

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