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The most valuable global retail brands for 2019

The results of the second annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands have been revealed. The research shows that the world's most valuable retail brands are worth $339 billion more...

14 May 2019


Successful retail chatbot interactions to grow eightfold by 2023

The global number of successful retail chatbot interactions will reach 22 billion by 2023, up from an estimated 2.6 billion in 2019, as AI offers compelling new engagement solutions...

9 May 2019


Hisense acquires Toshiba television business

Hisense Electric, the publicly listed subsidiary of Hisense Group, has agreed to purchase 95% of the shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation for 12.9 billion Japanese Yen...

14 Nov 2017


Japanese retail giant Miniso arrives in SA

Japanese fashion and beauty retail chain Miniso has launched in South Africa with an official opening at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria...

7 Aug 2017


Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets...

3 Mar 2015


Sony sells US-based online game unit

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Sony has sold its online gaming unit to a US investment firm, in a move that should free it to make titles for consoles other than PlayStation...

4 Feb 2015


Japan's NEC rolls out counterfeit-spotting technology

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's NEC on Monday unveiled a technology that sniffs out even the most convincing counterfeits by reading microscopic patterns on everything from a luxury purse to a metal bolt...

11 Nov 2014


Intelligent robot to clean your home

TOKYO, JAPAN: The Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner is claimed to have more suction than any other robot vacuum.

5 Sep 2014


Japan's NEC to pull out of smartphones: report

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese electronics giant NEC will likely abandon smartphone production after failing to bring China's Lenovo Group on board to bolster its money-losing unit, a report said Wednesday.

18 Jul 2013


No new BlackBerry models for Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: Troubled smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry will not launch its new models in Japan, effectively withdrawing from Japan's booming smartphone market where BlackBerry sales have virtually collapsed.

11 Feb 2013


Sharp in talks with US technology giants?

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sharp Corporation's shares jumped in response to reports that the embattled Japanese electronics maker is in talks with US technology giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft on forming business and capital tie-ups.

7 Nov 2012


Japan's electronics sector warns of dire outlook

TOKYO, JAPAN: Warnings from Panasonic and Sharp that they will post a combined annual loss of more than US$15bn has reignited fears about the increasingly dire outlook for Japan's once-mighty electronics giants.

5 Nov 2012


Smartphones control smart homes at Asia tech fair

TOKYO, JAPAN: Homes where every device is linked up and can be controlled by smartphone were touted in Japan on Tuesday when Asia's biggest tech fair threw open its doors.

3 Oct 2012


Japan's Sharp to cut 11 000 jobs, sell assets: report

TOKYO, JAPAN: Troubled Japanese consumer electronics giant Sharp is to cut 11 000 jobs worldwide and sell US$2.7bn worth of assets and factories in a bid to turn its finances around, a report said Tuesday.

26 Sep 2012

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