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Catch up on the latest news and analysis from Japan's Retail & Consumer Markets

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.
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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[...]

JapanConsuming is the most informative publication available on retailing and consumer issues in Japan, written in a language and style that makes it immediately relevant and useful.

Mark

Phillips Japan Marketer

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