Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?For years environmentalists have been sounding the alarm: the global appetite for bluefin tuna is pushing the species to the brink of extinction. Japan, the world’s number one cons...
France's 'Taxi Wars': the battle over deregulationRecent visitors to Paris may have noticed a distinct lack of taxis on the roads. Angry drivers have been striking en masse to protest against what they call unfair competition from...
Singaporeans are saddled with debt, but still shoppingPeople in Malaysia and Singapore have the highest levels of household debt in Asia. Consumerism was encouraged to get out of the economic crisis in the region 15 years ago, but thi...
Brand British takes Paris shopping scene by stormThe British retail market may be suffering from the economic downturn, but that hasn’t stopped its big hitters from looking at new markets across the Channel. Mark Thompson and Cla...
FRANCE - BUSINESS
French sex-toy market gets eco-friendlySex toy businesses in France are jumping on the organic and nature-friendly bandwagon, and finding out that mixing sex and ethics can be profitable.
Using Internet to give old items a second lifeWith a downward trend in household consumption in France, the online retail of second hand goods is positively booming. In six years leboncoin.fr has become the second most popular...
The EU's champion of expensive pricesIf you're constantly complaining when you do your shopping about how expensive it is, then imagine the prices were all 40% higher. That's what people living in Denmark ha...
French consumer confidence plummetsFrench consumers remain pessimistic and worried over future living standards, official data showed Tuesday. The confidence index fell in May to 79 points, a low last seen in July 2...
'Excessive demand' wipes out Venezuela’s toilet paperVenezuela’s latest shortage of staple goods is a novel one: toilet paper. People are panic buying rolls, with consumers loading up their shopping carts in droves. The government is...
Pop-up StoresSome shops can be rented on a short term basis for three to four weeks. This is what’s known as a pop up store. This concept’s enjoying exponential growth in France.
Chinese smartphone brands take bite out of AppleGlobal technology heavyweights are eager to make inroads into China, the world's biggest smartphone market. Yet local brands like Xiaomi, Lenovo, Coolpad, Huawei are putting u...