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International Retailers Struggle in China

International Retailers Struggle in China

In recent weeks, many of the large international retailers have announced changes in their expansion plans for China. Home Depot (NYSE: HD), the large U.S. do it yourself chain, is closing stores, as is Tesco PLC (LSE: TSCO.L), the large U.K. retailer. Even the two earliest entrants into China’s retailing industry, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) [...]

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Why Bright Foods Likes GNC

Why is China’s Bright Food Group interested in GNC Holdings, the U.S. vitamin chain? That’s what Louise Lucas of the Financial Times wanted to know. Several months ago, Shanghai-based Bright Foods was in discussions to buy United Biscuits of the U.K., but its interest now seems to have shifted to the potential $2.5 billion acquisition [...]

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Pragmatic Marketing In The Chinese Online Gaming Sector

In the world of IP, China is America’s recalcitrant stepchild. Software piracy runs rampant to the point where if one wants to purchase a legal copy of Microsoft anything, one will simply run into the software stonewall of unavailability – at every major computer outlet in whichever city you please. These same places are happy [...]

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Distribution: Specialty Retailers Come To China

In “Distribution, China’s Next Big Opportunity,” I described why I believe the area of wholesale and retail distribution represents one of the next big opportunities in China. In short, provisions agreed to as part of China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization at the end of 2001 have opened up the country’s distribution sector to [...]

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