Sep 8, 2015

FamilyMart buys midsize convenience store chain Cocostore

Japan’s third-biggest convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. has agreed to buy smaller local rival Cocostore Corp. for around ¥13 billion as part of a major industry realignment in the face of a shrinking domestic market, the company announced Tuesday. The deal will put the ...

Sep 7, 2015

July composite economic index down on weak industrial output, shipments

Japan’s key composite index of economic indicators, reflecting the current state of the economy, fell in July for the first time in two months, the government said Monday, reflecting a slowdown in manufacturing activity. The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail ...

Aug 21, 2015

Japan retailers benefit from hot July

Japanese retailers enjoyed brisk sales in July, with demand for cold drinks, summer clothes and other seasonal goods boosted by scorching heat late in the month, industry data have shown. Same-store sales at supermarkets rose 1.9 percent from a year earlier, up for the ...

Aug 20, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny may put off business integration accord

Retailers FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. are mulling putting off the conclusion of a basic accord on their planned business integration to September or later, it was learned on Thursday. This is because Uny’s work to draw up measures to shore up ...

Don Quijote to add more family-style 'Mega' stores

Aug 5, 2015

Don Quijote to add more family-style 'Mega' stores

Don Quijote Holdings Co. plans to open a series of large general merchandise stores with enhanced lineups of food products and consumable goods, said Koji Ohara, president and chief executive officer of the discount store operator, in a target shift to draw more business ...

Jul 29, 2015

Retail sales fall for first time in three months

Retail sales nationwide declined for the first time in three months in June, sapping an economy that analysts say struggled last quarter amid sluggish exports and production. Sales slid 0.8 percent from May, when they gained 1.7 percent, government data released on Wednesday show. ...

Retailers benefiting from fierce heat

Jul 27, 2015

Retailers benefiting from fierce heat

The recent string of extremely hot days, with temperatures topping 35 degrees in many locations, has boosted sales of summer goods, including sunscreen and frozen treats. Knowing a good thing when they see it, many retailers have switched their focus to summer hot-sellers. Drugstore ...

Jun 14, 2015

Consumer groups question Japan's new food labeling system

Consumer groups have raised questions about Japan’s new food labeling system, which allows companies to tout products’ health benefits without any proof. More than 200 applications for indicating health functions under the labeling system had been filed by Friday. The Consumer Affairs Agency has ...

Sales resume for popular noodles halted by food-safety scare

Jun 8, 2015

Sales resume for popular noodles halted by food-safety scare

A popular brand of instant noodles that was supposed to be back on store shelves Monday following a food safety scandal actually resumed sales a day earlier at some stores, surprising hard-core fans. Maruka Foods Corp. was to resume sales of its Peyoung brand ...