Retail and consumer goods industry news

09 May 2019
Dairy Farm has released its results for the first quarter of 2019, with sales ahead of the same period last year. Food: large formats remain a challenge, convenience strong The Group’s multi-year transformation plan for its Supermarkets and Hypermarkets business is underway, but CEO Ian Mcleod previously estimated it will take the company five years to complete its turnaround plan.  Sales i...
07 May 2019
SM Retail and A.S. Watson’s joint venture, Watsons, will open 100 new stores in the Philippines this year. Opening community-based stores Of the 100 planned new stores, 80% will be community-based stores. The aim is to provide greater accessibility to shoppers as it recognises that not all shoppers go to malls. These stores will be approx. 200 sq m, with three quarters of the space used as ...
07 May 2019
Robinsons has posted its annual results, with net sales up 15.1% to PHP132.8bn (US$2,556m). Strong set of annual results Robinsons posted net income of PHP5.1bn (US$98.5m) last year, an increase of 2.6% on the year previous. It achieved a 5.9% like-for-like (LFL) growth last year, mainly supported by a 6.1% increase in basket size in its supermarket business. In its convenience store bus...
07 May 2019
Healthier products set to become a significant category for the retailer. Growing demand for herbal and organic ranges Since 2016, Star Bazaar, the supermarket banner operated by Trent Hypermarket, has seen steady growth in its herbal, organic and natural products. Though initial growth was driven by large corporates such as Hindustan Unilever and Patanjali Ayurved Ltd., more and more playe...
07 May 2019
Sales revenues improved by 10.1% versus last year. New stores boost earnings For the first quarter of 2019, Sheng Siong Group reported revenues of SGD251.4m, an increase of 10.1%, as well as net profits of SGD19.4m, a rise of 5.9%. The positive results were attributed to the opening of 10 new stores in 2018. Although like-for-like store sales contracted by 1%, new stores contributed to 1...
03 May 2019
Honestbee CEO and cofounder Joel Sng has stepped down from his position, making way for Brian Koo who is part of the family that controls South Korea's LG. LG is one of the largest company in South Korea. It oversees US-headquartered investment fund Formation Group, a key investor and shareholder in honestbee. Fresh funding likely for the startup Mr Koo wrote in an e-mail to the company tha...
01 May 2019
 JD.com plans to invest CNY6.5bn (US$965.1m) in Thailand over the next three years to strengthen its fresh food business. Offering shoppers more choices In partnership with Yonghui, JD.com plans to import large quantities of durian, mangosteens, coconuts and other fruits from Thailand worth CNY5bn (US$742.4m). JD.com itself will also source an additional CNY1.5bn (US$222.7m) worth of fruits...
29 April 2019
Yonghui has posted another strong set of annual results. Total revenue increased 20.4% to CNY70.5bn (US$10.5bn), with consolidated net profit up 18.5% to CNY1.5bn (US$219.9m). Fastest growing bricks-and-mortar retailer in China Despite increasing competition and the market’s slowdown in growth, Yonghui continues to be the fastest growing bricks-and-mortar retailer in China. To maintain g...
29 April 2019
Online grocery and food delivery service temporarily ceases operations in Hong Kong and Thailand. Intense competition forces retailer to rationalise operations Honestbee, the operator of habitat by honestbee, has suspended operations in Hong Kong, Thailand and Philippines. In a statement released by the retailer, it says that it is taking this action to “ simplify what we do and how we do i...
29 April 2019
Making use of the funds raised from most recent round of investments. Currently operating in 25 cities in the country Backed by Alibaba, India’s BigBasket has announced plans to scale up its supply and distribution chains. From its existing network of 18 large and 80 small distribution centres, the retailer will expand to 20 large and 100 smaller centres by June.   With the increase in d...