Caps banned as Philippine malls fight crime

The Malaysian Insider

Police in the Philippine capital have banned the wearing of caps in shopping malls to stop criminals concealing their identity from security cameras.

The ban was imposed after a gang of hammer-wielding robbers looted a jewellery store at a popular suburban Manila shopping mall on 15 December. The suspects are believed to have used baseball caps to hide their identities.

Philippines' SM offers to reclaim Manila Bay area


SM Land Inc. of retail magnate Henry Sy has offered to reclaim a 300-hectare property along Manila Bay in Pasay City for P54.5 billion (USD1.2 billion).

Based on an unsolicited proposal submitted to the Public Private Partnership Selection Committee (PPP-SC) of the local government of Pasay, SM Land offered to reclaim and develop approximately 300 hectares of foreshore and onshore areas of Manila Bay located at the western part of Pasay.


Philippine economy grows 5.9pc in 2Q

The Business Times

The Philippine economy grew by 5.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 largely due to a strong services sector, the government said on Thursday.

Fast Retailing to open 49 Uniqlo stores in Greater Manila area

Retail Week

Fast Retailing is to open 49 Uniqlo stores in the Greater Manila area in the Philipine over the next three years. The details came as the fashion group opened its first store in the country's Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

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CEO Talking Shop: Big dreams come from small ideas – Wilcon building its retail kingdom with strong visions

Wilcon Builder's Supply, the leading building material supplier in the Philippines, has been established for more than three decades since its first hardware shop opening on Quezon Avenue in Manila in 1977. Today, the company has more than 20 outlets under three different brands, spreading across the country. Rosemarie Bosch Ong, EVP-chief operating officer of Wilcon Builders Depot/Supply Inc., tells Retail in Asia about the company's successful story, revealing how small ideas can make big dreams come true.

Philippines' JFC acquires Chinese food chain Guangxi San Pin Wang

Manila Bulletin

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), through wholly owned unit Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd., has completed its acquisition of 55 percent of Guangxi San Pin Wang Food and Beverage Management Company Limited which will entail a CNY40-million (USD6.32m) investment.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Jollibee said its investment in South China will be done through its joint venture with Guangzi Zong Kai Food and Beverage Investment Company Limited (GZK).

Uniqlo to enter Philippine market

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines' largest conglomerate PSM Retail has agreed on a basic framework for establishing a joint venture company with Fast Retailing through its subsidiary Market Watch Investment Corporation.

Based on this agreement, the new joint venture company will be established in the Philippines in the year end of 2011, with the first Uniqlo store to open in Manila during the following business year in 2012.

Philippines Sep inflation rate inches up to 4.8pc

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines' inflation rate inched up to 4.8 percent in September based on the new 2006 data series that the National Statistics Office (NSO) began releasing in July, compared with 4.7 percent in August.

The NSO attributed this to the higher annual increases in the prices of clothing and footwear; housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels.

Higher prices were also noted in health, transport, and recreation and culture in September. Inflation rate a year ago was 3.9 percent.

Europe's store sends buyers to Manila

Manila Bulletin

Europe's top department store chain is sending two of its export buyers to Manila to check out the best that the Philippines can offer, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) said.

Rosvi C. Gaetos, CITEM executive director, said the buying mission followed after a sales mission in Spain where she met with the top executives of El Corte Ingles, Europe's leading international department store chain.

San Miguel Foods joins AgriLink in the Philippines

Manila Bulletin

Agribusiness firms that implement integrated and sustainable inputs to their production systems can access quality-driven and lucrative markets.

This is continuously demonstrated by Southeast Asia's largest food, beverage and manufacturing company San Miguel Foods, Inc. (SMFI), which has once again partnered with the Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD) for this year's largest trade fair on the interdependent industries of agriculture, food and aquaculture - AgriLink, FoodLink and AquaLink 2011, happening on 6-8 October at World Trade Center, Manila.

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