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 ...

Nov 29, 2014

Post-Thanksgiving shopping chaos spreads to Britain

Americans celebrating Thanksgiving in Britain may have felt right at home as Black Friday shopping chaos caused disruptions. The practice of offering bargain prices the day after Thanksgiving has spread across the Atlantic, with some retailers opening overnight to lure shoppers. Police were called ...

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 ...