China's Vipshop sees net income jump 326pc, active customers grow 129pc in 1Q14

Vipshop, a Chinese online retailer that sells quality branded items at discount, on Wednesday reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter ended on 31 March 2014. Total net revenues surged 125.9 percent over the prior year period to USD701.9 million, primarily driven by growth in the number of active customers and total orders. Active customers grew 129.3 percent from 2.8 million to 7.4 million and total orders rose to 20.2 million from 8.8 million last year.

City stores welcome new retail revolution in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

The retail revolution in the Sydney and Melbourne central business districts has only just begun, according to commercial real estate agents.

Already the biggest and most popular chains are established and more are on their way, with the only impediment for vast and swift expansion finding the right stores and locations. But even that is not as hard as it was only a few years ago. And even the local retailers, who are the main targets, are welcoming the new arrivals as they are bringing back much-needed foot traffic.

Marks & Spencer to open 250 new stores in 3 years

Marks & Spencer is pursuing an aggressive international growth strategy and is set to open 250 new stores in three years.

The plan is to grow its food business and increase franchise operations with the end goal of growing its international revenues by 25 percent and international profits by 40 percent.

“We are focusing on flagship stores to deliver brand presence and stand-out. We also see great opportunities in fresh food and lingerie and beauty concepts," Marc Bolland, M&S’s Chief Executive.

Australia's omni-channel retailers cashing in

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Omni-channel retailers in Australia who enable consumers to shop across their bricks and mortar, online and mobile stores are winning the war against pure-play online retailers.

Online sales at Australian omni-channel retailers such as David Jones, Myer, Woolworths and Coles rose 22 percent over the last 12 months, according to Commonwealth Bank credit card data, while sales growth at pure-play online retailers slowed to just 13 percent.

Thailand's Mall Group tempers Q1 sales outlook

Bangkok Post

The Mall Group expects first-quarter sales to drop slightly from an earlier forecast because of poor consumer sentiment caused by political tensions.

Chamnarn Maytaprechakul, the group's executive vice-president, said the decline stems mainly from the prolonged Pathumwan and Ratchaprasong rallies, which hurt business at nearby Siam Paragon, the group's biggest sales driver.

Supermarkets and SportsMalls are the only two categories showing strong demand, as food is a necessity and the number of health-conscious people continues to rise in good times and bad.

inProjects announces merger with EC Harris, part of the EUR2.5 billion global ARCADIS group

EC Harris, the leading global built asset consultancy, has joined forces with inProjects, one of Asia’s foremost project management firms. The addition of inProjects strengthens EC Harris’s presence in Asia and creates the region’s leading programme and project management delivery organisation.

Bossini 1H sales down, closed 47 stores in mainland China

Hong Kong-based casualwear retailer Bossini on Tuesday said revenue for the six months ended on 31 December 2013 dropped 5 percent to HKD1.27b (USD163.7m) from HKD1.33 billion in the same period of previous year, even though its Hong Kong and mainland China retail operations reported double-digit increase in same-store sales. Gross profit dropped 1 percent from HKD636 million to HKD628m.

HK cosmetics chain Sa Sa's sales up 14.8pc in 3Q

Hong Kong's biggest cosmetics chain Sa Sa International posted strong growth in revenue for the third quarter of financial year 2013–14.

The beauty retailer said on Thursday group turnover rose 14.8 percent from a year earlier to HKD2.52 billion (USD325 million) in the three months ended on 31 December 2013. Same store sales at its Hong Kong and Macau operations surged 15.8 percent. The number of transactions and average sales per transaction in Hong Kong and Macau grew 15.4 percent and 3.1 percent respectively.

Zara's fast fashion finds its shopaholics in India

Business Standard

Even before Zara launched its first store in 2010 in India, the web traffic for online purchase from India was one of its highest in the world, according to Devanshu Dutta, CEO of retail consultant Third Eyesight. "It is highly possible that Zara shoppers buy once in five-six weeks, if not once in two weeks as they do in western markets. Most of the other brands would be lucky if they got the same shopper once in two months," Dutta adds.

Indian e-tailers rake it in as shoppers log in, drive out of malls

The Hindu Business Line

Online retailers in India have stolen the thunder from big malls and jazzy retail outlets this holiday season.

Offering discounts from 10 to 60 percent, and sometimes even more, e-commerce players such as Snapdeal, Flipkart, Jabong and Yebhi have reported more business in December than they did in any other month. Big malls are feeling the heat though, for people are eating and watching movies, but are not shopping.

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