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The leading omnichannel health and beauty retailer in Asia has announced plans to accelerate its platform strategy, by opening over 300 new stores in mainland China this year.

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CK Hutchison reported its retail revenue (A.S. Watsons) fell by 2.0% to HKD169.6 bn (US$21.9 bn), and its earnings (EBITDA) decreased by 11% to HKD14.3 bn (US$1.8 bn) in its full year 2022 results. In local currencies, its total revenue increased by 6%, while EBITDA declined by 2%. Performance of A.S. Watsons across different markets and businesses • Healthy and Beauty China sales decreased...
After a 17-year absence, Sephora is back in the UK with a bang! Sephora returned to the UK market in autumn 2022 as an online-only offering, opening its flagship store in Westfield London, White City on 8 March. Last week we attended the store launch, alongside over 1,000 beauty fans, some of whom had camped out overnight to be one of the first to enter the new stores’ doors! Pop legends, Suga...
Rossmann announced its record sales of €12.2 bn in 2022, a growth of 9.5% compared to 2021. The drugstore operator celebrated its 50 th anniversary and completed 2022 with 4,514 stores across eight European countries. Sales performance Rossmann Germany saw an increase in sales by 7% to €8.5 bn in 2022 and completed the year with 2,263 stores. The group also performed well outside of German...

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Many of the world’s leading drugstore operators are based in Japan. This report highlights best practice and the key strategies of Tsuruha, Welcia (AEON), Matsumoto KiYoshi and Sundrug, with landscape and trends considered.