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Furniture chain Nitori weighs buying into apparel market

Feb 10, 2017

Furniture chain Nitori weighs buying into apparel market

Nitori Holdings Co. is considering buying an apparel chain in Japan, a move that will pit the furniture seller against rivals including Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothier. The home furnishing retailer will look for a company with 100 to 200 stores as cash ...

Amazon takes on Alibaba from Japan with Chinese-language website

Aug 1, 2016

Amazon takes on Alibaba from Japan with Chinese-language website

Just before the stores open in Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district, buses pull up, unleashing Chinese tourists and their credit cards to snap up televisions, rice cookers and other gadgets. Walk into any department store and there they are, buying mascara, T-shirts and other merchandise. ...

Shoppers tighten purse strings, making Japan retailers see red

Jul 8, 2016

Shoppers tighten purse strings, making Japan retailers see red

Japan’s discount-seeking shoppers drove some retailers into the red last quarter as an uncertain economic outlook persuaded consumers to tighten their purse strings. Supermarkets and clothing stores will probably cut prices more to spur sluggish sales, which caused Aeon Co., the nation’s biggest retailer ...