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Japan shoppers see first sales tax rise in 17 years

Tokyo - The price of everything from beer and sushi to cars and dishwashers will rise across Japan Tuesday as shoppers are greeted by the first sales tax rise in 17 years, which has prompted fears of a drop in consumer spending.
In the Media by AFP

Japan shoppers brace for tax hike after years of deflation

Tokyo - Japan is bracing for its first sales tax rise in years, with last minute shoppers buying up a host of goods from gold to ice cream, as the government tries to tackle its crushing national debt.
In the Media by Kyoko Hasegawa (AFP)

Japan shoppers splash out the yen before tax rise

Tokyo - Tokyo resident Reiko Oguma is splashing out the yen in a last-minute buying spree as she and millions of Japanese shoppers brace for the country's first sales tax hike since the late 1990s.Oguma, a forty-something housewife, reckoned there was no time ...
In the Media by Kyoko Hasegawa (AFP)

Twitter begins not-so-quietly hiring for its commerce platform

As rumors continued to circulate on Twitter's plans for a commerce service, the company has begun quietly seeking staff to help market its new platform.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 3 comments

Wal-Mart planning mass expansion in Northern neighbour Canada

American discount shopping chain Wal-Mart is planning a massive expansion in Canada, having announced plans to build more than 30 stores.
In the Media by Joe Z Hudson

German couple chained their teen to the floor while shopping

Yes, you heard right. A German couple are currently under investigation for allegedly chaining a 13-year-old boy to the floor while they went out shopping. They didn't want him leaving the house to meet unapproved friends while they were away.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 9 comments

Men don't always behave badly

Contrary to what many women believe, men aren’t actually like Al Bundy — they don’t actually hate shopping and they don’t prefer to hang out in nudie bars, forsaking time with their families — according to an online poll.
In the Media by Joe Duarte

Photo Essay: Christmas in China Special

Jilin - Although China is a communist country, Christmas decorations abound, and you can head to the local mall and see Chinese people getting their Christmas trees.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 4 comments

Shops engage the senses in order to entice buyers to spend more

Those simple tunes sometimes looped and often referred to as “elevator music” or “background music,” are heard everywhere and can be either annoying or uplifting.
In the Media by W. Mark Dendy - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Why I won't be shopping on Cyber Monday

Today is Cyber Monday, another industry-created day of hot deals. However, I have no plans to point my browser to retailers and let my mouse do the shopping.
In the Media by Paula Kirman - 6 comments
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