April Wu

China Market Strategy

May 20, 2015

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Banking News This Week – May 19

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

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1 – Kenya’s Equity Bank plans 10-nation Africa expansion

Kenya’s Equity Bank plans to enter 10 more African countries in the next decade, in addition to the five it already serves, by building operations from scratch or acquiring existing lenders. >>

2 – SCB embraces digital banking, seeks foreign strategic partners to cash in on AEC

SIAM COMMERCIAL BANK is increasingly embracing digital banking to build an attractive business that can retain all customer segments and to lure foreign strategic partners seeking to cash in on the Asean Economic Community. >>

3 – Rural areas need banks, banks need rural areas

Viet Nam’s banking activities are mostly performed in cities, and are largely not available in the countryside, where 70 per cent of the population lives. >>

4 - Are Nigerians unemployed or underemployed?

The discussion about unemployment in political debates around the world has finally landed in Nigeria. A lot of this was seen in the run-up to the 2015 presidential elections, with a considerable part of the fact-based debates anchored on jobs created as against jobs that could be created. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

May 19, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – May 19

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 – INTERVIEW-Adidas emulates ‘fast fashion’ model to get back on trend

Battling new competition from fashion chains as well as traditional sportswear rivals, Adidas is eyeing the “fast fashion” model as a way of pepping up its three-striped ranges of tops, leggings and sneakers. >>

2 – Indonesian Online Marketplace Elevenia Sees Strong Growth in Transactions

Jakarta. Indonesia as an e-commerce paradise in just two years’ time may seem an idle dream to those who still struggle with connectivity as a massive burden in their lives. It is, however, an emerging reality for some of the people behind Indonesia’s growing online market ecosystem. >>

3 – Convenience store chains in Taiwan report lower earnings in 1Q

TAIPEI — Two major convenience store chains in Taiwan — President Chain Store Corp. (統一超商) and Taiwan FamilyMart Co. (全家) — suffered falls in their earnings for the first quarter, according to their financial statements filed with the Taiwan Stock Exchange. >>

4 – Chinese consumer brands keep position

TOP Chinese consumer brands secured their position by expanding into more geographical locations and offering new products, according to a latest study. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

May 13, 2015

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Banking News This Week – May 13

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

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1 – Banking Africa’s unbanked – Time for a reality check

According to the World Bank, today, 62 per cent of the world’s population has a bank account. In 2011 that figure was 51 per cent. In three years, 700 million people became “banked” in some way, and the number of “unbanked” individuals dropped 20 per cent to two billion adults. Much of this progress was attributed to mobile money. >>

2 – Da Nang may become ‘Singapore of Vietnam’

With an increasingly attractive business environment and developed information technology, Da Nang is on the way to realize its goal of becoming “Singapore of Vietnam”. >>

3 – FNB thrives in South Africa’s online banking secne

Specialist online marketing research agency, Columinate, released its fourth annual Internet Banking SITEisfaction survey. >>

4 - Buddhist Monk in Thailand Relies on Karma for Lending Success

Microlender sets interest according to borrower’s good deeds, avoids defaults with neighborly peer pressure. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

May 12, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – May 12

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 – Evergreen to open children’s fashion stores

Evergreen International has secured brand rights to greater China for a portfolio of high profile childresnwear brands. >>

2 – Watsons Taiwan eyes 600 stores

Taiwan’s largest cosmetics and medicines retailer, Watson’s Personal Care Stores, has opened its 500th store. And the chain says another 100 are planned for opening within the next two years. >>

3 -Playboy is betting on China expansion

Playboy announced that it has struck a licensing deal with a Chinese company, Handong United, to manufacture and distribute Playboy-branded apparel and accessories. The deal will put Playboy merchandise in 400 new locations across China, taking the total number of outlets to 3,500. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

May 6, 2015

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Banking News This Week – May 6

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

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1 – More major mergers underway in Vietnam’s banking sector

At least six mergers and acquisitions are being planned among commercial banks in Vietnam, where three similar deals have taken place this year as part of the government’s efforts to consolidate the overcrowded banking sector. >>

2 – Banking on technology in Indonesia

Indonesia is trying to tap into technology to get people to use less cash, even though less than a quarter of its 250 million people have bank accounts and electronic money systems are still being refined and regulated. >>

3 – How mobile money is saving Africa $2bn annually

Mobile phones have proven to be potential game-changers in boosting access to financial products and services to people in Africa. >>

4 - Telecom firms are becoming rivals for banks

The increasing volume of financial transactions made on these phones has enabledtelecommunications companies across the continent to set themselves up as major competitors in the banking business. >>

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