China's corruption crackdown a boon for lingerie

The Wall Street Journal Online

Chinese consumers – famous for their appetite for designer bags and gold-plated iPhone cases – are now shying away from flashy logos and displays of wealth as a government austerity campaign shames officials who buy them. But many Chinese appear to be flaunting their wealth under their clothes.

India’s Big Bazaar opens 100th store

India’s Big Bazaar is now present in more than 100 cities in India. The last store to be opened by the retail chain last December was the Rourkelo sttore in Orissa.

In the last three months prior to the opening of its newest store, Big Bazaar also opened 17 new stores across the country, in cities like Jharsugda, Bhopal, Varanasi, and Bokaro.

Luxury spending in China is expected to rise, but what Chinese are buying is changing

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Despite the slowdown in spending and the Chinese government's crackdown on luxury giving, consumer confidence remains high.

According to The China Luxury Forecast, released by Ruder Finn and Ipsos Group, 90 percent of the approximately 2,000 respondents plan to increase or maintain their spending on luxury goods, reports China Daily. However, luxury spending patterns in China are changing.

Masters keeps hammering Woolworths as losses widen

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Losses have widened at Woolworths' home improvement joint venture with US retailer Lowe's despite their attempts to cut costs, boost sales and put a brake on new stores.

Figures released on Wednesday by Lowe's suggest that losses at the joint venture, which owns Masters, Home Timber & Hardware and Thrifty-link stores, widened to around AUD57 million (USD48.9m) in the three months ending October, up from a loss of AUD38.8 million in the previous quarter and a loss of AUD48.6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

China's Fosun Group invests in German retailer Tom Tailor

The Wall Street Journal Online

A consortium led by China's Fosun Group is investing in German retailer Tom Tailor Holding AG, bringing another Western brand under the private conglomerate's wing for expansion back at home.

Fosun, Tom Tailor's management and other investors are buying a 23.16 percent stake in the retailer, according to a Tom Tailor news release on Wednesday. The financial value of the sale wasn't disclosed.

The firm plans to bring Tom Tailor to more Chinese consumers, said Fosun President Wang Qunbin in the release.

Canali opens new store in HK at Pacific Place


Italian luxury menswear house of Canali opened this week a new store in Hong Kong. The new Canali store covers 180 sqm and is situated within the Pacific Place Mall. The new store features the brand’s new design concept, inspired by the rationalist architecture of the 1930s and constructivist art.

Why fashion brands are heading for splitsville in India

Business Standard

Denmark-based fashion house Bestseller, which owns Vero Moda, Jack & Jones and Only, recently snapped its four-year-old franchisee ties with its Indian partner, Bombay Rayon's Prashant Agarwal. Bestseller, owned by Danish billionaire Anders Povlsen and family, is the latest in a series of such splits.

Catering to the Chinese shopper's grand tour


The Lunar New Year holiday is now underway, a time when a big part of the 110 million Chinese expected to travel abroad this year will be packing their bags – and their wallets – for luxury expeditions.

Dick Smith's IPO to open opportunities for investors in Australian electronics business

Australia's largest retailer of consumer electronics products announced plans of listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Dick Smith Holdings Limited (Dick Smith) lodged the prosecutes for the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on Thursday.

Based on a share price of AUD2.20 per share, the company expects the offering to raise AUS344.5 million (USD).

Sales of luxury goods drop as China market dries up

The Epoch Time

Chinese shoppers are cutting back on designer duds, leather handbags and pricey watches, putting a drag on global sales of luxury goods, which a study forecasts to expand just 2 percent this year.

The analysis released Monday by Bain & Company estimated 2013 luxury sales at EURO217 billion (USD300 billion), up from EURO212 billion (USD288 billion) in 2012. The increase is a fraction of the double-digit growth enjoyed the previous three years.

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