Shopping at Metro stations still new for Indians

Business Standard

In 2006, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, or DMRC, started its retail operations and stations like Inderlok, Kashmere Gate, Rajiv Chowk were targeted as retail hubs. Inderlok station has a McDonald's, Big Bazaar, Comesum restaurant and wine and beer shop. At the Big Bazaar outlet, there are very few customers, while the McDonald's looks quite full. At the Akshardham station, which has a Parsvnath mall, hardly any mall space has been rented out. A "Coming Soon" poster of Haldiram's outlet has faded away. The outlet has been "coming soon" since 2010.

Omni Channel Retailing Conference: China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable

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.

China’s new consumption trends: Who wins?

Red Luxury

According to the 2013 China Consumer Market Development Report released by China’s Commerce Ministry, consumer goods sales will grow 13 percent year-on-year, a figure that’s lower than previous years, but still robust by global standards.  

Giordano 1Q13 closes 163 stores in China, eyes SE Asia

Hong Kong casual wear chain Giordano International closed 163 stores in mainland China in the first quarter of 2013 but the clothing retailer said it will open shops in markets with strong growth potential, such as in South East Asia and Saudi Arabia and new markets like Japan, South Africa and South America.

Giordano said on Tuesday sales for the quarter ended on 31 March 2013 increased by 6 percent to HKD1.51 billion (USD194.5 million) from HKD1.43b in the same period last year. Brand sales and comparable store sales declined 2 percent.

Tesco plans expansion in south China

The Malaysian Insider

Tesco, the world's third largest retailer, plans to expand its property-owned chain of stores in south China to 15 to 20 within the next five years.

China Daily quoted Tesco Property Limited operation manager Chen Pei as saying the company would continue the policy of purchasing land and build their own properties in China.

Chen said the move aimed to maintain sustainable development in the country amid a fierce retailing industry.

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.

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