Kumamon product sales top ¥100 billion in 2015 for first time

National Mar 3, 2016

Kumamon product sales top ¥100 billion in 2015 for first time

Sales of products featuring Kumamoto Prefecture's popular Kumamon black bear mascot surpassed ¥100 billion in 2015 for the first time, the prefectural government has said. The figure, released Wednesday, represented the fifth straight year of record sales for such products since the local government began ...

FamilyMart, Uny agree all-stock merger

Business / Corporate Oct 15, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny agree all-stock merger

FamilyMart Co. has agreed to buy Uny Group Holdings Co., the operator of the Circle K and Sunkus chains, creating the nation's second-largest convenience store operator. It will be an all stock transaction valuing the company at about ¥171 billion. FamilyMart will pay 0.138 of a ...

Business / Economy May 28, 2015

April retail sales disappoint as consumption tax weighs

Retail sales rose less than forecast in April, signaling a weak start to the second quarter for an economy that is still weighed down by last year's sales-tax increase. Sales climbed 0.4 percent from March, when they dropped 1.8 percent, government data released Thursday showed. ...