Osaka skyscraper store chalks up 30 million visitors

Jun 6, 2014

Osaka skyscraper store chalks up 30 million visitors

About 30 million people have visited a high-end department store in Japan’s tallest commercial building in the year since it opened. Kintetsu Department Store’s flagship outlet in the 300-meter Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka recorded an average of about 86,000 customers a day from ...

Stores looking to tourists for big sales

Mar 25, 2014

Stores looking to tourists for big sales

Many major department stores are zeroing in on foreign tourists and other visitors exempt from paying the consumption tax if they spend over a certain amount, anticipating that sales of luxury items will plunge following the sales tax hike next Tuesday. Department stores have ...

Jan 22, 2014

Osaka Isetan department store to be scaled down

West Japan Railway Co. and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. plan to sharply scale down their struggling department store, JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan, and manage it together with JR’s adjacent specialty shop mall as part of a restructuring plan. Competition has been heating up among ...

Man cited after tossing cash from upper floor at Mall of America

Dec 2, 2013

Man cited after tossing cash from upper floor at Mall of America

A 29-year-old man who says he was trying to spread holiday cheer by tossing $1,000 in bills over an upper floor railing at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, has been cited for disorderly conduct. Serge Vorobyov, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, admitted throwing ...

Thanksgiving eats into Black Friday sales

Dec 1, 2013

Thanksgiving eats into Black Friday sales

U.S. shoppers spent $9.74 billion at stores on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s a drop of 13.2 percent compared with the same day last year, according to preliminary data released on Saturday by research firm ShopperTrak. The decline appears to ...

U.S. holiday shopping marathon brings frenzy, protests

Nov 30, 2013

U.S. holiday shopping marathon brings frenzy, protests

The busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. drew frenzied crowds, worker protests and a little violence as the holiday rush toward Christmas began Thursday. The mad dash extended across the Atlantic, where a woman was injured in Northern Ireland as shoppers ...