Dec 18, 2014

Cuba detente a smokin' deal? Close, but no cigar

American cigar smokers anxiously flicked their lacquered lighters this morning when news broke that President Barack Obama would be easing the decades-old restrictions on Cuban travel and goods. Since 1962, Cuba’s legendary cigars have been banned from the shelves of American tobacconists and many ...

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 ...

Sep 24, 2014

Retailers gear up for expanded duty-free program

Retailers across Japan are preparing to welcome foreign tourists when all goods, including consumable ones such as cosmetics and food, become duty free next month. They are moving to increase the number of duty-free counters in the hopes that the expanded coverage will bring ...

Sep 18, 2014

Line says shopping app to eclipse sales of stickers, games

Line Corp., operator of the nation’s largest mobile messaging service, says its shopping mall application could become its biggest source of revenue, eclipsing sales from games and character stickers. The Tokyo-based company, owned by South Korea’s Naver Corp., started the Line Mall app in ...