Japan's department stores sales fell 1.4% in July

/ Aug 21, 2017

Japan's department stores sales fell 1.4% in July

Department stores sales in Japan fell 1.4 percent in July from a year earlier on a same-store basis, due partly to weak sales of clothes and food items, an industry body said Monday. Sales at 229 stores run by 80 companies totaled ¥547 billion ($5.0 ...

Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

/ May 25, 2017

Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

Iris Ohyama, based in Sendai, is taking on Osaka Prefecture's more established home appliance makers, including Panasonic and Sharp, in the battle for consumers' hearts and wallets. Iris joined the home appliance market in 2009 and its strategy of manufacturing cheaper alternatives to big-name rivals ...

/ Mar 6, 2017

Isetan Mitsukoshi CEO Onishi to step down over poor sales

Hiroshi Onishi plans to step down as president and chief executive officer of leading department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. at the end of this month, informed sources said on Monday. Onishi, 61, intends to take responsibility for the recent poor performance of the ...

Lawson offers specialized services for elderly customers

Mar 6, 2017

Lawson offers specialized services for elderly customers

A convenience store retailer is adding elderly care support services to several of its stores, motivated by the surge in Japan's rapidly aging population. While other convenience store chains have added meal delivery services to target older generations, Lawson Inc. has opened service areas that ...