'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

Apr 25, 2015

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

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With the release of the seventh “Star Wars” installation looming in December, Toys “R” Us Japan Ltd. on Saturday opened dedicated in-store displays at its Odaiba and Kobe stores in an attempt to expand the fan base. “We launched this promotion because we’d like ...

Convenience stores look to take bite out of doughnut market

Apr 15, 2015

Convenience stores look to take bite out of doughnut market

Major convenience store chains are stepping up their fight for a bite of the doughnut market, following Seven-Eleven Japan Co.’s pioneering move to launch the snacks last autumn. Lawson Inc. has introduced doughnuts at 600 of its domestic outlets, priced at ¥100 apiece. Heartened ...

Mar 6, 2015

Retailers boosting their ability to take online orders

Major retail groups such as Seven & I Holdings Co. plan to beef up their online operations to meet growing demand. As the nation’s demographics shift and more women enter the workforce, demand for Internet ordering and home delivery is “expanding rapidly,” according to ...

U.S. court backs family over Bob Marley T-shirts

Feb 22, 2015

U.S. court backs family over Bob Marley T-shirts

A U.S. court has sided with Bob Marley’s family, which sued a company that sold shirts depicting the reggae legend, in a case with potential ramifications for merchandise of other deceased stars. The estate of the Jamaican icon had filed a suit after low-cost ...

Feb 12, 2015

Seven Eleven parent acquires Barneys Japan

Seven & i Holdings Co. said Thursday it now wholly owns Barneys Japan Co. after buying a stake of just over 50 percent in the operator of the Barneys New York luxury fashion stores in Japan from major trading house Sumitomo Corp. The Japanese ...

Jan 28, 2015

Aeon announces tie-up with major Vietnamese retailers

Retail giant Aeon Co. said it has formed a capital and business tie-up with two of Vietnam’s major retailers in a bid to expand its business in the country. The company said Tuesday it has decided to take a 30 percent stake in Fivimart ...

Retailers cashing in on Japan's craft beer craze

Jan 21, 2015

Retailers cashing in on Japan's craft beer craze

After a short-lived boom in the 1990s, craft beer is catching on once again among thirsty Japanese consumers. Retailer Aeon Co. started stocking up to 90 craft and imported beers at 250 stores nationwide in December last year, and sales have been strong. “More ...

Jan 9, 2015

Fast Retailing's profit beats estimates as Uniqlo sales surge

Fast Retailing Co. reported a 64 percent spike in quarterly profit after selling more Uniqlo casual wear than expected in Japan and overseas, while the weakening yen further boosted returns. Net income rose to ¥68.8 billion in its fiscal first quarter ended in November, ...

Jan 6, 2015

Aeon to reshuffle management, devolve some duties

Supermarket operator Aeon Co. plan to reshuffle its senior management and devolve some duties. The changes are designed to halve the number of executive officers and employees at the holding company in fiscal 2015 and transfer human resources functions to other units. By focusing ...