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Asics: sales go up by 44% in the EMEA region

Sep 3, 2021 / EMEA
In the first six months of the current fiscal year, Japanese sports brand Asics saw sales in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) area grow by 44% to 70.5 million euros compared to similar period of the previous year

Asics invests in Japanese insole makers

Aug 9, 2021 / Japan
The Japanese sports footwear giant has financed the healthcare start up Japan HealthCare Co., Ltd, which has developed custom-made insoles created from photos of feet taken by a smartphone

Foot Locker accelerates Asia-Pacific expansion with acquisition of atmos

Aug 2, 2021 / Asia Pacific
The retailer has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Text Trading Company, K.K., which owns and licenses the atmos brand, a digitally led, premium, global retailer headquartered in Japan

Japan Retail: No Olympic medal for retail sales

Premium ContentJul 27, 2021 / Japan
June started with some good perspectives as consumer morale in the Japanese market was the strongest in 16 months. However, the retailer’s sentiment is not accompanying, and a new State of Emergency in Tokyo is not promising good news. The Apparel & Accessories (including footwear) Retail Sales Index also suffered from less consumer confidence after March. And with no international visitors going to Japan to attend the Olympics, recovery chances of the retail industry will definitely be impacted

France Retail: high confidence gives retail good signs

Premium ContentJun 28, 2021 / France
Confidence of both consumers and retailers improved in the last few months in France, contradicting the general expectation of the negative impact of the new lockdowns. Footwear retail, which had a deep fall back in April, improved significantly in May. And good news extend to the online, as lockdowns have favoured the internet sales share against the physical store trade for many categories, with apparel and footwear standing out

Webinar: EU - Japan Agreement for the Footwear and Leather Goods Industry

Jun 1, 2021 / Webinars
Participation in the webinar is free of charge for all World Footwear readers. Learn more about the event and register today to understand more about the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and Japan

How is COVID-19 impacting footwear retail in different countries?

May 25, 2021 / World
With the world fast approaching 180 million cases of infected people and with vaccination now in place in several countries, we bring a summary of our latest Flash Reports focused on some key markets

Japan Retail: too early to be excited about retail

Premium ContentMay 18, 2021 / Japan
After a year of underperforming, the Retail Index for Apparel & Accessories managed to overcome the figures of the previous year in March 2021. Notwithstanding, importers do not seem yet convinced that this is a sustained recovery. The good news, as in other countries, comes from confidence indicators, with consumers seem to drive away from pessimism. However, all seems too fragile yet and it might mean that it is too early to get excited with retail in Japan

Asics focused on new consumer oriented digital solutions

May 16, 2021 / Japan
The Japanese-based sportswear brand has partnered with SessionCam, a Glassbox company, which provides digital experience analytics for web applications. The aim is to increase online traffic, sales, and customer retention

Asics is aiming at reaching a small footprint

May 6, 2021 / Japan
After launching the Sunrise Reborn Pack, a new running shoe made from recycled clothing collected in Japan, Asics announced its Earth Day Pack as the brand’s most planet-friendly cross-category collection to date having been created using a circular manufacturing approach

Asics will be distributed in Argentina by Dass

Mar 22, 2021 / Argentina
The Japanese-based sportswear brand is delegating the distribution of its branded products in Argentina to Brazilian-based company Dass

Revenue down by 13.0% at Mizuno

Feb 19, 2021 / Japan
The Osaka-based sportswear company reported revenue down by 13.0% in the first nine months of the current fiscal year. Sales decreased significantly in all regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Japan Retail: YoY November retail sales could be misleading for 2021 forecasts

Premium ContentFeb 1, 2021 / Japan
Looking at the most recent Year-on-Year retail sales variation in Japan can be quite misleading for any forecast, as retail sales in October-November seem to have been scarcely affected by the new COVID-19 outburst, when compared to 2019. In the same period the price indexes also showed little or no reaction to the pandemic, as they are at the same level as one year ago. The concern comes from a consumer confidence indicator which began to fade away in December

The world's largest trade agreement

Nov 20, 2020 / World
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was signed by China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, plus ten Southeast Asian economies, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei

Imports of footwear with a dark picture in the first semester

Premium ContentNov 9, 2020 / Business Conditions Survey
The most recent statistics for footwear trade in 2020 show a very dark, albeit expected, picture. In the first semester of the year, footwear imports fell in almost every country
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