Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Wednesday 07 October 2015


Tense wait for results of Seoul, Busan downtown duty free licences

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/10/15

SOUTH KOREA. The stakes are "frighteningly high" notes one source and no-one is taking anything for granted in a tense downtown duty free licence contest.

Quality quartet battle for Seoul downtown duty free licences

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/09/15

SOUTH KOREA. Four players, Lotte Duty Free, Doosan, Shinsegae Duty Free and WalkerHill, submit applications for three downtown duty free licences in Seoul.

Shinsegae enters Seoul downtown duty free licence fray

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/09/15

SOUTH KOREA. The race for Seoul's three available downtown duty free licences just got a whole lot hotter as Shinsegae, as expected, entered the race.

Blossoming downtown sector opens new chapter in Japanese duty free story

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/09/15

JAPAN. Downtown duty free boom continues, with a new Laox duty free store opening tomorrow in Tokyo’s Ginza district and numerous developments nationwide.

Korean travel retail market to be ‘back by October’ after -63% slump

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/09/15

SOUTH KOREA. It was short and sharp. And very, very nasty. The latest tourism figures underline the dramatic MERS-related slump in Chinese visitors during June and July.

Shinsegae Duty Free showcases spectacular new Busan store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/09/15

SOUTH KOREA. We present a Picture Gallery of Shinsegae Duty Free's planned new downtown store in Busan, set to open in 2016 subject to licence renewal.

Powerful Doosan Group enters battle for Seoul downtown duty free licences

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/09/15

SOUTH KOREA. Drama upon drama in Korean duty free. Amid a tense licence renewal contest, another contender enters the fray. And it's no lightweight.

Shinsegae Duty Free to relocate flagship Busan store & open Incheon

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. Momentous days for Shinsegae Duty Free as it prepares a stunning new location in Busan and begins its new Incheon Airport concessions.

Hotel Lotte prepares IPO launch as Lotte Duty Free fights to retain Seoul downtown licences and negate political criticism

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. Hotel Lotte’s imminent initial public offering (IPO) in South Korea, announced earlier this month, is set to take place in the face of mounting political criticism of the company’s dominant role in the country’s duty free industry. The political climate explains why Lotte Duty Free is having to mount a robust defence of its two most important downtown duty free licences.

New downtown duty free licence battle looms next month in South Korea

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. As one competition for downtown duty free licences in Korea ends, another begins. Lotte, WalkerHill and Shinsegae battle to retain key rights.

Strong July performance for both airport and land border duty free in Canada

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

CANADA. Airport duty free sales grew by +18% to C$33 million in July, while land border duty free sales rose +12% to C$18 million, reports the FDFA.

Shilla Duty Free prepares big openings in Seoul, Incheon and Changi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. As business recovers from MERS and the Changi perfumes & cosmetics concession improves, The Shilla Duty Free is optimistic mood for the future.

TFWA to host its first dedicated Research Workshop at Cannes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/08/15

FRANCE. The workshop will present key findings of the association’s most recent research studies, including the TFWA Airport Series and Category Reports.

Korean beauty brand Hera pops up in Hong Kong with T Galleria by DFS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/15

HONG KONG. The rise and rise of Korean celebrity-related culture has been key to the success of Korean beauty brand Hera, just launched at T Galleria by DFS.

MTR records solid +8.5% commercial revenue increase in first half of 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/08/15

HONG KONG. First half revenue from the station commercial businesses reaches HK$2.58 billion (US$333 million) with station retail revenue rising +11.2%.

SSI Group and Landmark Management create travel retail fashion alliance

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/08/15

PHILIPPINES. Travel retailer Landmark Management Services enters into a 50/50 alliance with SSI Group for duty free fashion (beauty is excluded).

Lagardère Travel Retail to acquire Paradies for US$530 million

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/08/15

USA. Lagardère Travel Retail is set to acquire North American airport retailer Paradies, from Freeman Spogli & Co, the Paradies family and other shareholders, for US$530 million.

Lotte Duty Free creates 'Star Avenue' attraction for Silk Road Cultural Festival

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. The ancient city of Gyeongju gets a contemporary boost as Lotte Duty Free supports the much-anticipated Silk Road Cultural Festival.

Lagardère Travel Retail H1 revenues dip on disposals and deconsolidation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/15

FRANCE/INTERNATIONAL. Lagardère Travel Retail sales hit €1,640 million in the first half of 2015, down by -11.4% on a reported basis and up +3.5% like-for-like.

Shilla posts strong H1 despite MERS and heavy Changi contract losses

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. The Shilla Duty Free posted a +20.5% increase in sales for the second quarter of 2015 though operating profit decreased by -5.4%.

World Duty Free Group H1 sales climb strongly but profits slide

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group's first-half revenues rose +23.7% but profits fell sharply, due to increased Spanish airport rents and the onerous Düsseldorf Airport contract.

Dufry posts solid H1 turnover and EBITDA growth despite ‘challenging environment’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group turnover climbed by +30.5% year-on-year in H1 2015, despite the challenges of currency and economic difficulties in some markets.

Lotte set for early 2016 downtown duty free opening in Bangkok

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/07/15

THAILAND/SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free maintains its expansion drive with plans to open a major downtown store in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

Allen Hong joins Eugene Corp to develop retail opportunities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. Duty free executive Allen Hong has joined construction group Eugene Corporation as Managing Director of Business Development.

Gebr Heinemann reports strong second quarter amid big expansion drive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/15

GERMANY/INTERNATIONAL. Gebr Heinemann Executive Director Retail and Human Resources Raoul Spanger says that core European markets performed well in Q2, notably Turkey and Germany, and he outlines plans for new and refurbished retail space at Oslo and Sydney. Amid these developments and the addition of new concessions, the retailer is embarking on an ambitious management recruitment drive, from buying to operations.

On location in Vanuatu: travel retail bounces back from disaster

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/15

VANUATU. Travel retailing is a key engine in the drive to recover from Vanuatu’s worst natural disaster in decades. Peter Dowling reports from Port Vila.

Dufry to issue €500 million in Senior Notes to help finance WDFG purchase

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group plans to issue €500 million in Senior Notes; the proceeds will be used to part-finance the acquisition of World Duty Free Group.

Big new Laos duty free mall proposed – Bangkok Post

Source: Bangkok Post; The Moodie Report - 16/07/15

LAOS/THAILAND. A group led by leading Lao duty free retailer Dao-Heuang Group is investing US$295 million in a shopping & hotel complex in Vientiane.

Duty Free International set for Hong Kong stock exchange listing as Atlan Holdings outlines growth ambitions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/07/15

MALAYSIA. In a move certain to spark widespread interest in the investment community, Atlan Holdings, parent company of Singapore-listed Duty Free International Limited, is seeking a dual primary listing for its travel retail subsidiary on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Judgement day nears for crucial Seoul and Jeju downtown duty free decision

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. Local sources are calling it "a game changer". Months of lobbying and preparation to try to secure four valuable new duty free licences (three in Seoul and one on Jeju Island) reach a climax later this week when Korea Customs Service reveals the winning line-up. With business levels expected to rebound sharply from the now-easing MERS crisis, the stakes are high for all concerned.

Lotte Duty Free opens spectacular new downtown store on Jeju

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/06/15

SOUTH KOREA. The new store, 2.5 times larger than the original shop, features an eclectic range of brands and categories targeted at the Chinese traveller.

DFS boost as LVMH gains ‘definitive’ approval for La Samaritaine renovation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/06/15

FRANCE. The renovation of the famous La Samaritaine landmark in Paris is set to proceed. And that spells good news for DFS Group, which is poised to play a major role at the revamped department store.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: Sydney Airport’s T1 transformation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/06/15

INTERNATIONAL. In our cover story Sydney Airport General Manager, Retail Glyn Williams talks about the changing face of commercial at Terminal 1.

Global first as Clé de Cartier collection debuts with T Galleria by DFS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/06/15

INTERNATIONAL. In a pioneering move, T Galleria by DFS has partnered with Cartier for an exclusive worldwide launch of the Clé de Cartier collection this summer.

Hengqin Island applies for offshore duty free status: Chinese reports

Source: Macau Business Daily - 10/06/15

CHINA. ‘Offshore duty free’, currently limited to Hainan, may be introduced to Hengqin Island, according to a report in the respected Macau Business Daily.

T Galleria by DFS unveils beauty concept in Macau & Hong Kong

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/15

CHINA. First the Macau Galaxy, next Hysan Place in Hong Kong. DFS gears up its specialist beauty offer with a new stand-alone retail concept.

Dufry leverages new Guarulhos stores and expands duty paid presence

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/06/15

BRAZIL. Dufry is pursuing productivity gains at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport as it rolls out Hudson News and Dufry Shopping duty paid concepts nationwide.

Crunch time for Seoul and Jeju downtown duty free licence bids

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/06/15

SOUTH KOREA. Bids close today for the lucrative rights to operate three new duty free licences in Seoul and one on Jeju, the first such opportunities in 15 years.

Seven-way battle for major Seoul downtown duty free licences

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/06/15

SOUTH KOREA. Seven major players and a cluster of small & medium enterprises are vying for three new downtown duty free licences in Seoul after bids close.

ASUTIL 2015: delegate numbers up for next week’s conference

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/05/15

LATIN AMERICA. ASUTIL expects up to 350 delegates at its annual conference, which opens this Wednesday 3 June at the Westin Playa Bonita hotel in Panama City.

Chinese tourism to Korea booms amid race for duty free licences

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/05/15

SOUTH KOREA. Surging Chinese tourism drives race for duty free licences in Seoul and Jeju. Now E-Land, in a noteworthy tie-up with Dufry, enters the fray.

The Moodie Report: A message to our valued industry partners

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. As The Moodie Report changes ownership, we carry an important message about invoicing and payment to our industry partners.

SSP posts healthy profits and like-for-like sales growth in H1

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/05/15

UK/INTERNATIONAL. SSP has revealed revenue growth of +2.6% for the half year to 31 March, as well as a sharp profit rise, though the strong Pound had a negative impact.

The Moodie Report e-Zine Issue 165: Hitting new heights at Changi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. In this issue Martin Moodie takes a look inside DFS Group’s extraordinary new duplex store at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3.

Jihua Park concept provides a new ‘lifestyle destination’ for Chinese travellers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/05/15

CHINA. A new ‘lifestyle destination’ for Chinese consumers is promised as the Jihua Park retail-to-leisure concept is developed across 35 locations.

Edizione rebuts FT claims over Dufry-World Duty Free Group deal

Source: The Financial Times; The Moodie Report - 15/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. Benetton family-controlled Edizione has rebutted claims made in The Financial Times about Boyu Capital’s offer to buy WDFG.

Live and online: The Moodie Report Print Edition May 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the digital, iPad-compatible version of The Moodie Report Print Edition for May 2015, available in full – editorial and advertising.

Hong Kong duty free border business hit by new restrictions on Chinese travel

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/04/15

HONG KONG. Land border and railway duty free has been hit hard by new government restrictions on Mainland Chinese visitors, introduced on 13 April.

Shilla turns in strong results as Changi losses ease

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/04/15

SOUTH KOREA. The Shilla Duty Free posted a +44% increase in consolidated revenues for Q1 with operating profits up by +45.3% despite heavy (though easing) losses at Changi Airport.

Flemingo names Carlo Bernasconi as Group Chief Operating Officer

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. Flemingo International has named Carlo Bernasconi as Chief Operating Officer; since March 2013 he has headed the retailer's expansion drive.