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Unilever eyes emerging markets for expansion

The world’s third largest consumer goods company on Tuesday revealed it will be expanding further into emerging markets. Speaking to the BBC’s Jonathan Head, Unilever chief executive Paul Polman said he wanted the company to expand into new markets, strengthening the company’s name as a universal brand.

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After Topshop, Arcadia now in talks to expand Miss Selfridge in US
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Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group is said to be in talks to expand its presence in the US after the initial success of its stateside Topshop stores. WWD reported Arcadia this week unveiled its first US “group preview” of its Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Wallis brands in Manhattan.

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IKEA developer presses on with Chinese expansion
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Inter IKEA, a development company closely tied to the Swedish furniture retailer, is said to be looking for new locations for Chinese shopping malls as it moves to complete USD 1.6 billion in existing projects. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Inter IKEA Centre Group is now considering a number of affluent Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou for potential locations for new malls.

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Hong Kong tops world’s ‘hottest’ retail markets

New report from CBRE lists Hong Kong as the world’s hottest retail market, with 51 new retailers entering the market in 2012. The property consultants found Kiev and Berlin made second and third place, while Singapore came in joint fourth place with Dubai, with 25 new retailers choosing the emirate to launch new stores.

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Costa Coffee tops £1bn annual sales
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Full-year sales rose 22 per cent for Costa to break the £1 billion sales mark, as the coffee house revealed ambitious expansion plans to compete with rivals. Costa Coffee on Tuesday announced a 22 per cent rise in sales for the year March, with sales in UK stores excluding franchised outlets rising 24 per cent to £592 million.

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Overseas online sales to generate £28bn for British retailers by 2020

Online sales generated by UK retailers from international markets are expected to generate £28 billion by 2020, according to new research released on Tuesday. The report, by OC&C Strategy Consultants in collaboration with Google, predicts that international online sales will soon outpace domestic ones to make up 40 per cent of total online sales by 2020.

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 Is Costa Coffee preparing a Parisian expansion?
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Costa Coffee owner Whitbread is reportedly on the hunt for high street stores in Paris as it looks to expand the chain’s presence across the Channel. The coffee chain, which is the second largest in the world behind Starbucks and the largest in the UK, has been running outlets at a number of travel hubs across Spain, Portugal and the Gare de Lyon rail station in Paris to help test interest in the brand on the continent.

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Reiss to expand into India with Reliance Brands
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Reiss is set to open five to seven stores in India over the next three years, under a new deal with Mumbai-based retailer Reliance Brands. According to the Times of India, the long-term franchise agreement will see Reiss join a number of international labels in Reliance Brands' portfolio, which includes Diesel, Kenneth Cole and Zegna.

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  Missoni announces expansion into New Delhi, Hong Kong, and Middle East
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The historic fashion house of Missoni this week celebrated the relaunch of its flagship store in Milan’s Via Sant’Andrea in time for Milan Design Week and the Salone del Mobile. The 400 square metre Missoni store featured a new interior concept designed by well-known architect Patricia Urquiola, with the aim of reflecting the spirit of the Varese fashion house famed for its iconic prints, clothing, homewear and lifestyle hotels.

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H&M reports unexpected fall in Q4 profits
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Hennes & Mauritz has reported an unexpected fall in quarterly profits as the retailer made a number of “necessary and wise” long-term investments in its operations. As the world’s second-biggest apparel group, H&M has come under pressure to compete with leader Inditex in the race for market share as both expand globally.

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