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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[...]
March Top Stories
Household expenditure increases in 2021 and more of it online The latest figures show that, even though incomes fell for[...]
February Top Stories
Seven & I to sell Sogo Seibu Department Stores Numerous reports indicate that Seven & I is preparing its Sogo[...]
January Top Stories
Cainz takes on Nitori with Tokyu Hands takeover Iconic retail chain, Tokyu Hands, is to be acquired by Cainz, Japan’s[...]
December Top Stories
Baycrews grows online sales to 50% of turnoverBaycrews is showing how it’s done. It is tying stores and online to[...]
November Top Stories
Zozo launches OMO platform, opens first pop-up store Zozo is getting physical: it will open its first popup physical store[...]
October Top Stories
Online fashion sales soarContraction in apparel consumption aside, fashion retailers and brands have made dramatic strides to pull in customers[...]
September Top Stories
Muji: a ¥3 trillion brand by 2030?Ryohin Keikaku fired a broadside at Uniqlo last month when it confirmed not only[...]
July-August Top Stories
Shrinking, ageing Japan but a growing solo marketThe latest Census confirms the ongoing fall in total population across most of[...]
June Top Stories
Apparel groups respond to crisis2020 was an annus horribilis for the apparel sector, and particularly for wholesale-centred firms. The good[...]
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[...]
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[...]
March Top Stories
KEY STORIES IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Japanese becoming wealthier There are now more rich people in Japan, with the number[...]
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[...]
January Top Stories
Nitori to expand N+ fashion chain and add 200 new furniture storesNitori, one of Japan’s best performing retailers, plans to[...]
December Top Stories
KKR & Rakuten ignite online food battle with Seiyu purchase Walmart’s 18-year attempt to build a business in Japan ended[...]
November Top Stories
Rakuten moves into luxury marketRakuten is determined to become a leader in online fashion retailing, hoping some of the sector’s[...]
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[...]
September Top Stories
Workman thrives in crisisIt hasn’t been easy selling clothing in the last six months or even in the months before,[...]
July-August Top Stories
Essentials strong in May but in June discretionary bounces back Retail sales slumped again in May, but only because people[...]