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.

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.

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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April Wu

China Market Strategy

May 5, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – May 5

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – V-Mart to invest USD31.4m, add 200 stores in 5 years

Indian retail chain V-Mart will invest around INR200 crore (USD31.4 million) to add nearly 200 new stores in different part of the country in the next five years. >>

2 – China brands favored by domestic consumers in marketing

CHINESE brands are generally outperforming their multinational counterparts in terms of consumer preference as they’re quicker to catch up with latest media trends and bold with new marketing campaign formats, industry experts noted. >>

3 – Walmart to open 115 stores in China

The world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, plans to open 115 new stores in China by 2017, the company says. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

April 29, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Apr 29

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

1 – Standard Bank aims for growth in Africa

Standard Bank is working on growing headline earnings in its personal and business banking division in the rest of Africa to just more than a R1bn in the next three years — it expects to achieve this through organic growth. >>

2 – (Video) Mobile money revolutionises East Africa’s banking sector

Most banks in the East African region recorded strong balance sheet growth, with bank loans growing at more than 20 per cent across the region, supported by strong domestic and regional macro-economic environment. >>

3 – Indonesia Bank Mandiri Can Open Branches in Malaysia

State-controlled Bank Mandiri, the leading bank in Indonesia in terms of asset size, will be allowed to open 20 branches in Malaysia after financial authorities in Indonesia and Malaysia signed an agreement. >>

4 – Asia’s homegrown PayPal challenger 2C2P raises US$7M Series C

Underpinning it all is Southeast Asia’s bouyant B2C e-commerce market, growing from US$7 billion in 2013 to a projected US$34.5 billion by 2018. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

April 28, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – Apr 28

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – Tesco to go slow on India operations

The UK’s leading retail chain Tesco is likely to go slow on expansion in India, after the record $9-billion annual loss it announced last week. The retailer, which has in the recent past exited many countries, including the US and Japan, might still hold on to India as these still are its early days here. >>

2 – Shanghai to promote fashion branding

SHANGHAI will encourage firms to establish national and global brands, especially in fashion and mobile Internet industries. >>

3 – UNIQLO to expand interstate in pursuit of growth

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing may have to inject new capital into UNIQLO Australia to fund the next phase of growth as the casual clothing chain expands into new states and suburban markets, increasing pressure on department stores and specialty retailers. >>

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