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Philippine supermarket chain Puregold steps up expansion


Supermarket chain Puregold Price Club Inc. has beefed up anew its portfolio as it acquires Mega Manila-based chains Eunilaine and Grocer E.

The 15 newly-acquired supermarket branches in strategic areas will be rebranded into Puregold groceries, a company official said.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange, Puregold said it acquired 100 percent of the four operating Eunilaine foodmarts and 11 operating Grocer E supermarts from Company E Corp. The purchase cost was not disclosed.


Italy's Peuterey to have 30 stores in China in 5 years

red luxury

 Italian outerwear brand Peuterey Group SpA owns stores in Milan, Rome, Cortina, Berlin, and Antwerp. Their next stop is Shanghai. A store for men's and women's collections and a second exclusively for children's will open at Takashimaya in Shanghai this week. As part of this venture, Peuterey has also opened an office in Beijing with a subsidiary in Shanghai to manage business in Asia.

India's Maxwell to open 100 Inners stores in next 3 years

Business Standard

Mumbai-based Maxwell Industries Ltd., that manufactures men's and women's inner wear and lingerie, is set to foray in Gujarat with its exclusive retail store "Inners" soon. The company, known for its flagship brand "VIP", will set up its exclusive inner wear store in Ahmedabad within next 3-4 months.

Alibaba's market value nudges Walmart


Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth that listed in New York last month, briefly muscled ahead of Walmart by one important measure on Tuesday, when its market valuation surpassed that of the world's largest retailer by revenues.

Shares of Jack Ma's Hangzhou-based group climbed as much as 2.8 percent to touch a new record high of USD100.50, lifting its market capitalisation above USD247 billion.

Apple's ex-retail chief readies service for web shoppers

The Wall Street Journal Online

Ron Johnson, who helped build Apple Inc.’s successful retail stores before a troubled stint as chief executive of J.C. Penney Co., is getting back in the game with a well-funded startup that aims to bring some of the Apple Store mystique to online shopping.The new company is called Enjoy, and Mr. Johnson says its goal is to change the way people buy and use the “things that matter” in a world in which consumers start their shopping online. 

Pre-paid cards, gadgets most preferred corporate gifts in India

Majority of companies plan to increase their budget for festive spending and corporate gifting both for clients and employees by about 10-15 percent this Diwali, according to a just concluded survey conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

The survey found that most firms have plans to substitute traditional gift options with Diwali exclusive pre-paid cards, which seems to be emerging as the most preferred gifting solution for corporate sector.

Fast Retailing, Daiwa House launch joint logistics hub

Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. has set up a joint logistics hub with Daiwa House Industry Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan to meet the full range of logistics needs of customers and to introduce a new level of logistics services.

Modern Internasional sells 10pc stake, to add 25 7-Eleven stores in Jakarta by year end

Jakarta Globe

Malaysia's CIMB Private Equity has bought a 10 percent stake worth USD25 million in Modern Internasional which manages 7-Eleven franchises in Indonesia.

CIMB will acquire 415.8 million shares in Modern Internasional, which plans to use proceeds from the sale to expand its presence in Jakarta.

Modern Internasional, through its subsidiary Modern Sevel Indonesia, owns 175 7-Eleven stores in Jakarta, but plans to operate up to 200 by the end of 2014.

Google expands delivery service in the US

Since the first Google Shopping Express order delivered a box of granola a year ago, the tech giant has expanded its delivery service in the US, offered more produced, introduced the service in more locations and brought on more merchants.

This week, the delivery service is being introduced to new US cities - Chicago, Boston and Washington DC. Google said more than 7 million people can now access its same-day delivery service, while 12 million in Northern California will be able to use its next-day service.

350pc increase in online shopping expected in India this festive season

Online shopping may increase by 350 percent during the Diwali festival this year in India, a survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM) shows.

Dubbed as the 'first online Diwali,' the estimate is that revenues may cross the Rs 10,000 crore (USD1.6 billion) mark and the trend is expected to continue in the years to come.

“At present the market is estimated at Rs. 12,000 crore (USD1.95 billion) and could cross Rs. 1,00,000 crore (USD163.2 billion) a year in India over the next three to four years," the ASSOCHAM paper noted.

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