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

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.

Foreign brands fuel retail boom in Indonesia

Jakarta Globe

The influx of foreign retailers into Indonesia is boosting demand for retail space and shopping mall development, a global property consulting firm says.

According to Anton Sitorus, the head of research at Jones Lang LaSalle, several international retailers have announced plans to enter the country or expand their presence, including Japan's largest clothing retailer, Uniqlo, South Korea's Lotte Department Store, French department store Galeries Lafayette, and US apparel retailer H&M.

Melbourne's GPO to get makeover amid retail competition

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

GPO, Melbourne's premier shopping destination for leading contemporary fashion, is set to undergo another costly redevelopment as the USD81-million premium retail centre battles competition from the new Emporium centre under construction nearby on the old Myer site. But owner ISPT said the GPO was "not closing" and would "definitely not" become a hotel, denying claims on social media that the retail precinct was "dead" and plans were under way to transform the heritage-listed property into boutique accommodation.


Chinese e-tailers going global

Red Luxury

China is set to become the world's largest online retail market this year, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, but this isn't stopping China's e-tailers from expanding to all corners of the globe.

India's e-commerce "gold rush" fraught with risks


India was home to the fastest growing online market among the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations last year, growth that is fuelling a booming e-commerce market.

The number of unique online visitors in India grew 50 percent in the 12 months to November 2012, according to internet analytics firm comScore, outpacing the likes of China and Brazil, which grew just 2 to 3 percent each.

Testing times ahead for retailers in Australia as more global brands set up shop

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Retailers in Australia are bracing for an even more challenging year as the doors open on another flood of high-profile international labels and consumers search for online bargains.

The European group H&M is tipped to secure a site in Sydney within the next few months, while Finnish retailer Marimekko took over 66 King Street last year as its Sydney flagship store.

And a number of new developments are aimed at providing the appropriate flagship stores for international retailers, all of whom want to open with a flourish.

China's e-commerce finds markets overseas


While e-commerce companies have plunged into ever-increasing competition in the Chinese domestic market, some are trying their luck outside China to find other ways to fuel growth. A number of Chinese e-commerce players, including Jingdong Mall, dubbed China's, and online clothing retailer Vancl (Beijing) Technology Co., have already stretched their reach globally with different approaches.

Foreign firms seek retail therapy in Australia


Australia is being invaded by a swathe of foreign retailers, piling pressure on a local industry already battered by weak consumer spending and ruthless internet competition.

China's Bosideng added 3,483 outlets in H1; gross profit up 30pc

Bosideng International Holdings, China's largest maker and distributor of down clothing, last week said gross profit surged 30 percent from CNY1.08b to CNY1.4 billion (USD224.8 million) for the six months ended on 30 September 2012. Gross profit margin increased to 45.6 percent from 39.4 percent in last corresponding period, representing an increase of 6.2 percentage points. Revenue increased 12.4 percent to CNY3.08b.

Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant to open 13 outlets in China

Singapore's home-grown German restaurant franchise, Brotzeit International Pte Ltd, is set to penetrate China's booming F&B market with 13 outlets scheduled to open in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong over the next five years.

About a year before the opening of Brotzeit's first outlet at the Shanghai World Financial Centre in Pudong on 26 October, Letter of Intents were already signed with franchisees for 13 unit development deals in all of the three cities.

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