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GNC opens 1st retail store in China, to add 25 more over next 12 months

GNC Holdings, Inc., the US-based specialty retailer of health and wellness products, on Monday announced that it is expanding its retail presence in China by opening the first stand-alone GNC store in Shanghai. The first stand-alone location opened yesterday in Raffles City, one of Shanghai's prime retail and office space locations.

The move complements GNC's existing marketing footprint in the world's largest consumer market. The company plans on opening an additional 25 locations in China within the next 12 months.

Spurred by Amazon model, online supermarkets push ahead in India

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Business Standard

Indian online supermarkets seem to be going the Amazon way in expanding their presence. Online start-ups such as LocalBanya.com, BigBasket.com and AaramShop.com are looking to move from their home turf to multiple cities to tap local markets.

The US online giant recently expanded its grocery supplies to California from Seattle in a bid to break open grocery market there. It is expected to spread the business further across the US.

Omni Channel Retailing Conference: China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable

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Retail in Asia Managing Editor

During the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable, a co-branded session with the Omni Channel Retailing Conference at Retail Asia Expo 2013, a panel of four leading retailers and retail space asset managers shared their views on a variety of issues facing retailers in Asia today.

Mulberry defends price rises as pins hopes on Asia push

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CNBC

UK luxury fashion group Mulberry defended its plans to move further upmarket, saying it was crucial to expansion plans in Asia, where local shoppers and outbound tourists are still spending heavily on top-end lines.

Mulberry defends price rises as pins hopes on Asia push

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CNBC

UK luxury fashion group Mulberry defended its plans to move further upmarket, saying it was crucial to expansion plans in Asia, where local shoppers and outbound tourists are still spending heavily on top-end lines.

Thailand's Central signs Watts deal, to open 60 Komonoya stores in 5 years

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Bangkok Post

Thailand's Central Department Store Co, a unit of Central Retail Corporation (CRC), has officially partnered with Watts Co from Japan by acquiring a 51 percent stake in Thai Watts Co.

Tos Chirativat, CRC's chief executive, said that as the major shareholder in Thai Watts, Central Department Store will co-manage Komonoya, the Japanese chain of 60-baht shops in Thailand, with Watts Co.

Philippines' NBS plans to open 10-15 stores in 2013

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Manila Bulletin

National Book Store of the Ramos family continues to expand its business on the back of the Philippines' strong economic growth even as it takes steps to list at the Philippine Stock Exchange through Vulcan Industrial & Mining Corporation.

In an interview after the annual stockholders' meeting of Atlas Mining and Development Corporation, Atlas executive vice president Adrian Ramos said they will be opening 10 to 15 stores nationwide this year. NBS had 165 stores as of the end of 2012.

HK's pursuit of luxury defies Western gloom

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Bangkok Post

Despite the gloom in the West and a slowing expansion of China's economy, free-spending Chinese consumers and wealthy Hong Kong locals craving exclusivity have proven a blessing to retailers looking to buck global woes.

From gadgets decked out in jewels to made-to-order men's shoes and ladies leather handbags or Rolls Royce cars with monogrammed seats, Hong Kong continues to benefit from the influx of newly rich mainland Chinese searching for authentic goods and lower sales taxes.

Indonesia's Sumber Alfaria to build 800 new Alfamarts, 5-6 distribution centres this year

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Jakarta Globe

Sumber Alfaria Trijaya, the owner of Alfamart mini markets in Indonesia, continues to increase its ownership in Midi Utama Indonesia, which operates minimarkets such as Alfamidi, Alfa Express and Lawson, as it expects to boost investment return from its retailer unit.

Alfamidi, Alfa Express as well as Lawson have seen increasing sales in recent years, thanks to stronger consumer spending as well as a wider outlet of networks in the country.

Luxury retail headed to hotels for right brand fit in India

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Business Standard

High-end retail chains are increasingly looking at existing and new hotels to house their brands in India, according to experts tracking the sector. While some brands have traditionally been located in five-star hotels, retail chains were seen opting for malls in the last few years. However, absence of quality real estate is once again pushing retailers, especially the luxury and niche brands, into the cool comfort of hotels.

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