April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 6, 2016

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Retail News Roundup – Dec 6

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – South Korean cosmetics a hit among young Chinese as K-pop booms

Recent intergovernmental spats over anti-ballistic missile systems have failed to harm actress Song Hye-kyo’s standing among young Chinese shoppers. >>

2 – Citic-Carlyle near deal to buy McDonald’s China assets: source

A consortium led by private-equity firm Carlyle Group (CG.O) and Chinese conglomerate Citic Group Corp has neared a deal to buy McDonald’s Corp’s (MCD.N) stores in China and Hong Kong for up to $3 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. >>

3 – FamilyMart Malaysia eyes expansion

Convenience store chain FamilyMart Malaysia is aiming to open up to 1000 stores by 2020. >>

4 -Spar International to open 300 stores in Thailand by 2020 in new partnership deal

Spar International and Bangchak Retail Company today announced a significant new partnership agreement which will see up to 300 new Spar stores opening in Thailand by the end of 2020, as part of a €102 million investment. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 1, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Dec 1

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

1 – ANALYSIS; Peer-to-peer lending: A new form of financial inclusion

The involvement of financial technology (fintech) companies in the field of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has attracted attention from the public and regulators, namely the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and Bank Indonesia (BI). >>

2 – The Filipino startup disrupting the pawn shop industry

In contrast to the number of unbanked, the Philippines has a high mobile penetration rate, with three in 10 people owning smartphones. >>

3 – Fintech seen as threat to business of financial institutions

While the emergence of financial technology (fintech) was seen as the crucial catalyst in spearheading transformation in the field of financial services, a whopping 82% of Malaysian financial institutions saw fintech as a threat to their businesses. >>

4 – Small firms in Vietnam lack access to bank credit, business group says

Only 30 percent of small and medium-sized companies manage to take out loans from banks. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 29, 2016

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Retail News Roundup – Nov 29

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – 7-Eleven Malaysia committed to store expansion

7-Eleven Malaysia is committed to further store network expansion despite the economic headwinds in the nation. >>

2 – 5 retail trends to watch in 2017

According to an article on Smart Company (Australia), 2017 will be the year where customer experience becomes a tangible reality, with a focus on in-store experiences and more personalisation. >>

3 – Yum China in talks to buy delivery services firm Daojia

Yum China Holdings Inc (YUMC.N) is in talks to buy food delivery services firm Daojia for up to $200 million, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, as the biggest operator of fast food on the mainland seeks to boost sales from customers dining at home. >>

4 – China’s demand for health and wellness keeps growing

Marathon fever has swept across China in recent years; in 2015, over 330,000 people registered for marathons in China’s tier-one cities, for which there were only 120,000 places. The number has grown again in 2016. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 24, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Nov 24

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

1 – Integration is slowly taking hold in ASEAN’s banking sector

Although bank regulators in Southeast Asia are making only slow progress in opening up the region’s financial industry, banks are managing to spread their wings through mergers and acquisitions, and using digital technology. >>

2 – Vietnamese banks urged to go digital

Digital banking has assumed crucial importance in the development of Viet Nam’s banking system, Dao Minh Tu, deputy governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) stressed at a recent conference. >>

3 – African mobile subscriptions will exceed 1bn by year’s end, says report

Africa is expected to exceed one billion mobile telecoms subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching 1.02bn by the year’s end, according to a new report. >>

4 – Foreign banks raise Philippine economic growth forecastsr

Foreign investment banks HSBC, Nomura, and Barclays have raised their economic growth forecasts for the Philippines after a strong performance in the third quarter. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 22, 2016

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Retail News Roundup – Nov 22

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – FamilyMart to double stores in Thailand, take on 7-Eleven

The number of FamilyMart convenience stores in Thailand will double to over 2,000 within five years as the operator seeks to narrow the gap with industry leader 7-Eleven. >>

2 – CapitaLand to open 8 malls in 2017 with record 1 million sq m of retail space

CapitaLand will open eight shopping malls next year in three Asian countries. With a combined retail gross floor area (GFA) of close to one million square metres, it will be CapitaLand’s largest ever retail space offering in a single year. >>

3 – Suning grows fresh investment in e-commerce food platform

Chinese home appliance retailer Suning Commerce Group has led a US$200 million series C+ round in Yiguo.com, a fresh produce e-commerce platform backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Yunfeng Capital, with participation from other unnamed investors. >>

4 – Boom time for Korean convenience store sector

The Korean convenience store sector is experiencing rapid growth as heavyweights battle for market share. The number of convenience stores in South Korea surpassed 33,000 as of the end of October this year, marking a rapid growth since the opening of the first store 27 years ago, according to industry data. >>

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