The battle of Thailand's hyper- and supermarkets has gone to the next level, with the major players moving to online shopping platforms.
Central Food Retail Co Ltd (CFR), the operator of Tops Supermarkets, on Tuesday officially kicked off its Tops Shop Online ahead of moves by arch rivals Big C Supercenter and Tesco Lotus to expand or introduce their own online services in the fourth quarter.
The increasing spending power of consumers in Asia has been a boon to many industries thanks to the economic recovery, including the major household appliances sector which has managed to bounce back from its weakened performance of last year.
Sales of major domestic appliances continued its robust growth in 2012, growing 13 percent over 2011.
In a survey conducted by GfK Asia, air-conditioners posted the highest volume growth at nearly 18 percent, with the Philippines and Vietnam even surpassing this with over 20 percent surge in demand.
Consumers in these two fast growing markets have also purchased better and higher end models.
Not one of the major infant milk formulas on sale in Hong Kong would pass a proposed new packaging guideline if it was introduced today.
Should the manufacturers remain in the Hong Kong market after the changes, their packages should incorporate at least two important warnings in specific sizes alerting parents to the risk of using their products.
Many major brand owners are failing to adequately communicate the progress they have made in the area of sustainability to key stakeholders, a study has revealed.
Brandlogic, the consultancy, and CRD Analytics, the insights group, assessed 100 large corporations. The two firms tracked 141 metrics related to sustainability, governance and social responsibility, and also polled 2,500 executives, investors and students.
Halfway through the year, two major economic indicators in the Philippines were on the downtrend, prompting some analysts to say that these could adversely affect the country's forecast of a 5-6 percent growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012.
Beer production in the world's major producing nations rose 3.7 percent from a year earlier to 192.71 million kiloliters in 2011, a new high for the consecutive 27 years, due to robust demand particularly in emerging Asian economies, according to data released on Wednesday by a research arm of Kirin Holdings Co.
Hysan Development, the biggest landlord in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay, remains confident about the outlook for the office market, despite the occupancy rate of its new Hysan Place development showing no major signs of improvement.
Hysan Place, formerly the Hennessy Centre, will open on Friday.
The 450,000-square-foot shopping arcade in the building has been fully let and is expected to draw 100,000 shopper visits a day.
Advertising spending in Hong Kong climbed to a new high in the first half of this year, driven by major campaigns in the cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, entertainment and consumer electronics markets.
Financially struggling surfwear retailer Billabong says it has received a second takeover offer from private equity company TPG International that two major shareholders have already accepted.