June 20 – Inditex SA that owns Zara and Massimo Dutti said it plans to open 80 to 100 stores in China this year. It currently operates 406 stores in the country.
Source: Linkshop.com.cn

June 20 – At least 3,000 convenience stores currently are needed to support Chongqing's urban area where 10 million people live, according to Jones Lang LaSelle. The number is expected to rise to 5,000 by 2016. However, there are less than 1,000 convenience stores in urban Chongqing at present.
Source: Linkship.com.cn

June 20 – Uniqlo has seen the number of its stores in China exceed 200. The Japanese clothing retailer plans to open 100 stores a year in the country in the years to come to bring the total number to 1,000. Uniqlo is going to open its largest even flagship store with 6,000 square meters in Shanghai in the fall.
Source: Linkship.com.cn

June 19 – Façonnable has opened its first Chinese boutique in Shanghai, spanning more than 175 square meters. The French fashion retailer offers its whole range of men's and women's collections.
Source: Inside Retail Asia

June 19 – California-based lifestyle brand Paul Frank said it plans to open another 100 stores in China by the end of 2013. It currently operates 60 stores in the country. The brand was acquired by Saban Brands in 2010. Due to the rapid growth of all Saban Brands' portfolio, Paul Frank plans to open new offices in London and Shanghai by the end of 2013.
Source: Inside Retail Asia

June 18 – Swiss watch brand Blancpain has opened its largest boutique in the world in Shanghai. Located in Xintiandi, the 600-square-meter store is the brand's third in Shanghai and eighth in China.
Source: Inside Retail Asia

June 18 – Walmart (NYSE: WMT) will close another store in China. The US retailer will shut down its store in Kunshan, Jiangsu province by the end of June, citing unprofitability. According to its staff, the store has been unprofitable since 2008. In April, Walmart closed 3 stores in Shanghai, Wuxi and Shenzhen.
Source: Inside Retail Asia

June 17 – Revenue at two duty-free shops in Hainan, China's Hawaii, totaled 5.02 billion yuan ($819 million) in 1H 2013 after over 2 million people visited the stores, according to a Xinhua News Agency report. They shops, which opened in 2011 and allows shoppers over 16 to spend up to 8,000 yuan a year, helped boost Hainan's tourism income by 17% in 2012.
Source: China Daily

June 17 – C&A opened its 50th store in China in Chongqing. The Belgian clothing retailer plans to open 150 stores in the country in the next three years.
Source: Linkshop.com.cn

June 17 – Burberry is going to open its largest Asian flagship store in Shanghai in December, CEO Angela Ahrendts said. The British luxury retailer's revenue from China accounted for 25% of its global sales after having invested a total of $50 million in the country as of the end of 2012. It is currently operating 70 stores across 35 Chinese cities.
Source: Linkshop.com.cn

June 16 – 7-Eleven plans to open its first 10 stores in Chongqing by the end of 2013. The convenience store chain plans to open 300 stores in the city in three years.
Source: Linkshop.com.cn

June 14 – Mead Johnson (NYSE: MJN) plans to build a R&D center in China and expand its business to tier-2 cities, incoming senior vice president said. Mead Johnson has invested more than 100 million yuan in China, including an infant nutrition research center in Guangzhou. According to the China Infant Milk Powder Market Report 2012, total revenue of infant milk powder was 38.5 billion yuan, with Mead Johnson, Dumex, Wyeth and Abbott (NYSE: ABT) accounting for 12.3%, 11.7%, 11% and 7.7% of that amount respectively.
Source: Deutsche Bank Consumer & Media Daily

June 14 – A Wine Intelligence report shows 69% of Chinese wines said they spent less than 200 yuan on imported wine for casual occasions in Q1 2013. The report says there is a growing trend in China that more people drink wines for pleasure rather than purchase them as gifts or serving them at dinner.
Source: Deutsche Bank Consumer & Media Daily

June 13 – Soft drink giants including Coca-Cola and Pepsi (NYSE: PEP) have increased their 500ml packaging in China to 600ml with no markups, according to a latest survey by the Shanghai Municipal Beverage Industry Association. Experts said the move came as the beverage industry reeled under stiff competition and sluggish growth. Soft drink sales volume in China rose 12% to 130.24 million tons in 2012, according to an industry conference.
Source: Jiefang Daily

June 13 – Value Retail, a discount outlet chain, plans to open its first store outside Europe in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. About 100 name brands such as Burberry and Prada will be represented in the Suzhou Village complex, which is due to open next spring. All the merchandise will be discounted by 40–50% from the regular prices. Value Retail said Chinese visitors spent a total of 30 million euros on tax-free goods at its 9 outlets in Europe in Q1 2013, up 49% year on year.
Source: China Daily

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