Apr 2, 2015

Otsuka Kagu sales stall amid family management dispute

Furniture retailer Otsuka Kagu Ltd. said sales plummeted 37.8 percent in March year on year amid a painfully public dispute within its owning family over how the company should be managed. The dispute tarnished its image and deterred customers. The plunge contrasted with strong ...

Toyota crowned world's biggest automaker for third year

Jan 21, 2015

Toyota crowned world's biggest automaker for third year

Toyota Motor Corp. warded off Volkswagen AG to remain the world’s top-selling automaker for a third consecutive year, driven by record U.S. deliveries of its SUVs, according to the 2014 tally announced by the company Wednesday. Worldwide sales for Toyota, including its Hino Motors ...

Oct 21, 2014

September supermarket sales down for sixth month

Supermarket sales fell 1.0 percent in September from a year earlier on a same-store basis, declining for the sixth consecutive month following the April consumption tax hike, an industry body said Tuesday. Sales at 9,262 stores operated by 60 supermarket chains totaled ¥1.016 trillion, ...

Sep 22, 2014

August supermarket sales down for fifth month after tax hike

Supermarket sales fell 0.1 percent in August from a year earlier on a same-store basis, declining for the fifth consecutive month following the April consumption tax hike, an industry body said Monday. Sales at 9,242 stores operated by 60 supermarket chains totaled ¥1.09 trillion, ...

Sony's sales of PlayStation 4 top 10 million units worldwide

Aug 13, 2014

Sony's sales of PlayStation 4 top 10 million units worldwide

Global cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 home gaming console topped 10 million units as of Sunday, Sony Corp.’s gaming unit said Wednesday. Sony, which has been struggling to rebuild its electronics business, is positioning the gaming sector as a pillar for improving its ...

China meat supplier probe hurting McDonald's sales

Aug 5, 2014

China meat supplier probe hurting McDonald's sales

McDonald’s Corp., poised to resume selling beef and chicken in China this week after a supplier was accused of repackaging old meat, says the matter is hurting the chain’s results in Asia. McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) said its sales in July fell 17.4 percent ...

Jul 23, 2014

Apple profit climbs along with iPhone sales

Apple on Tuesday reported that its quarterly profit climbed with strong iPhone demand, but a decline in iPad tablet sales put a damper on its results. The California-based company posted a profit of $7.7 billion on revenue of $37.4 billion in the three months ...

Jul 9, 2014

Recreational pot goes on sale in Washington state

Washington on Tuesday became the second U.S. state to allow people to buy marijuana legally without a doctor’s note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf ...

May 22, 2014

Tepco to jump into markets outside Tokyo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to start moving into other markets in October as Japan prepares to liberalize its electricity market in 2016, officials of the beleaguered utility said Thursday. Tepco, the nation’s largest utility, will initially make forays into the western and central ...

Beer sales take limited tax-hike hit

May 14, 2014

Beer sales take limited tax-hike hit

Shipments of beer and related brewed drinks fell by 21 percent in April compared with a year earlier, to 29.4 million cases, data showed Wednesday. It was the biggest decline for any month since records began, in 1992, and it was the weakest ever ...