/ Mar 6, 2017

Isetan Mitsukoshi CEO Onishi to step down over poor sales

Hiroshi Onishi plans to step down as president and chief executive officer of leading department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. at the end of this month, informed sources said on Monday. Onishi, 61, intends to take responsibility for the recent poor performance of ...

Department store sales fell 2.4% in November

/ Dec 20, 2016

Department store sales fell 2.4% in November

Sales at department stores across Japan dropped 2.4 percent in November from a year earlier on a same-store basis, down for the ninth consecutive month. Overall sales at 234 outlets run by 81 companies stood at ¥525.7 billion, the Japan Department Stores Association said ...

Oct 6, 2016

Seven & i, H2O agree on capital, business alliance

Seven & i Holdings Co. and H2O Retailing Corp. said Thursday they have agreed on a capital and business tie-up, with Seven & i selling some of its department stores to the operator of the Hankyu and Hanshin department stores. Seven & i said ...

/ Oct 3, 2016

Isetan Mitsukoshi opens small tea-themed outlet in Paris

Department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. on Friday opened a small outlet in Paris to sell Japanese confectioneries and sundry goods. Previously, Isetan Mitsukoshi ran an outlet that catered mainly to Japanese visiting Europe. This shop, on the ground floor of Maison de ...

Department store closures mark end of an era

Sep 28, 2016

Department store closures mark end of an era

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On a recent weekday morning, the Sogo department store in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, is unusually crowded with shoppers flocking to a closing down sale before it shuts its doors for good on Friday. Many stop to take pictures of a sign at the entrance ...

Aug 2, 2015

Insect repellent clothes now popular

Insect repellent casual clothing is growing in popularity in Japan, with retailers introducing new products one after another to help customers protect against insect-borne diseases. Their popularity rocketed after the first domestic infections of dengue fever, transmitted by tiger mosquitoes, in about 70 years ...

Department stores beef up Chinese service before Year of the Sheep

Feb 16, 2015

Department stores beef up Chinese service before Year of the Sheep

Major department stores are beefing up their service for Chinese customers ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday season starting Wednesday, bidding for big-spending tourists to offset the slump in domestic spending. The Year of the Sheep begins on Thursday, and Chinese visitors are ...