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Jun 14

United Arrows: under pressure

United Arrows posted higher sales in FY2014, but it is suffering from falling profits and its core chains are experiencing declining footfall, down 10% last year on a same store basis. Management admits to problems with merchandise, but there is a growing concern that the brand is also losing its cachet after several years of […]

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May 15

Isetan opens first Salone, plans 10 stores by 2018

Small format retailing is Isetan-Mitsukoshi’s way out of the strictures of the department store market. Until now its boutiques have been in airports and outlet malls. Last month it opened Isetan Salone, the first in a chain of at least 10 upscale select shops. It also opened more middle market stores in Osaka that could […]

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Dec 15

United Arrows’ star waning?

United Arrows was the investors’ darling only nine months ago when new initiatives to increase demand tracking and to attract new groups of younger male consumers seemed to be making headway. Since April, however, customers are turning away from the brand, partly as a result of price increases 12 months ago, and the generally strong […]

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Jul 15

Virtual changing rooms: a marriage of online and retail

Various attempts have been made to make virtual changing rooms a reality, but the technology has so far been more of a toy than a tool with genuine commercial potential. Using new software, Urban Research tested its first stand alone virtual changing room store last month. It hopes a chain of such stores could bridge […]

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May 15

United Arrows launches new brands

United Arrows has big plans to double sales by 2021 and has already launched four new brands in the last few months, with more to come. United Arrows will launch a new brand this Autumn called En Route. Based on a concept dubbed ‘Wearable Tokyo‘ En Route will mix sports and fashion to create a […]

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Apr 15

Urban Research: 50 stores a year pace, 20% plus sales growth

Urban Research used to be a standard select shop, but has begun to diversify into the premium brand business, providing opportunities for overseas brands, and into mass market SPA retailing. It has seen sales rise from just ¥3 billion in 2001 to an expected ¥35 billion in FY2013 and is projecting an increase of 20% […]

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