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  • Industrial Reports (c) JETRO, 2007

    Retail Trends in Japan Japanese Economy Division

    Summary

    1Market Overview

    Retail sales in 2005 increased for the first time in nine years to 130 trillion yen, or 1.1% over 2004,

    according to the Index of Sales Statistics of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Fig. 1).

    Personal consumption continued to slump, a trend that began in the mid-1990s, but retail petroleum

    product prices rose on higher crude prices.

    Fig. 1 Retail Sales in Japan

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    1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

    (trillion yen)

    Source: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

    2Industrial Structure Japans large retail chains generally buy stock from wholesalers, since retailers do not deal

    directly with manufacturers for the most part (Fig. 2). The basic functions of wholesalers are to 1)

    Retail sales in 2005 rose for the first time in nine years due to increased retail prices for

    petroleum products because of the higher crude oil prices.

    While the number of businesses decreased, sales-floor space per establishment rose as retail

    stores continued to grow in size.

    Restructuring remained active among general type supermarkets. Aeon, Seven & i Holdings

    and Daiei are setting trends.

    The number of foreign companies entering Japans retail industry increased.

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    buy products from manufacturers for resale to retailers; 2) warehouse products for division into

    smaller lots and ship them to retailers; 3) finance purchases by retailers by supplying them with

    credit; and 4) provide manufacturers with POS information on sales channels and new products. The

    merits of going through wholesalers are that retailers can 1) lower the costs of lineup diversification,

    warehousing and unsold inventory, and 2) utilize their shipping services and product-management

    know-how.

    Fig. 2Basic Distribution Route in Japan

    ConsumerRetailerWholesalerManufacturer

    As retailers develop their businesses on a nationwide scales, wholesalers are pursuing mergers,

    acquisitions and alliances to supply wide product lineups to general supermarkets, convenience

    stores and other companies in fields such as processed foods and pharmaceuticals, etc. (Fig. 3). The

    aim is to expand product lines and build relationships beyond conventional sector boundaries. In the

    food industry, for example, wholesalers are building nationwide networks of subsidiaries and tying

    up with wholesalers in differing sectors, such as alcohol and confectionaries, to expand their product

    lines and evolve into general wholesalers.

    Sector Acquiring firm Acquired firm Date Announced value*(US$ million)

    Ito En FoodX Globe Co. Oct. 26, 2006 56.4Royal Holdings Co. R & K Food Service, Co. Dec. 21, 2005 3.5Ain Pharmaciez Dampharma Co. Mar. 3, 2006 8.5Sugi Pharmacy Co. Japan Co. Nov. 21, 2006 58.4

    *Includes capital tie-ups. Data as of Nov. 30, 2006.Source: Thomson Financial

    Food

    Pharmaceuticals

    Fig. 3 Representative M&As

    3Major Trends

    The number of retail establishments in 2004 decreased 4.8% from 2002, according to METIs

    Index of Sales Statistics for 2004 (Fig. 4). Reductions were common in most fields. Department

    stores decreased due to closures brought on by restructuring. Among drugstores and similar fields,

    decreases centered on small establishments.

    Increases in stores were noticeable among convenience stores and home centers, which also raised

    their sales and employment.

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    Againstprevioussurvey

    2004/2002

    Againstprevioussurvey

    2004/2002Total 1,406,884 1,300,057 1,238,049 -4.8 8,028,558 7,972,805 7,762,301 -2.6

    Department stores 394 362 308 -14.9 168,343 143,527 122,390 -14.7Large department stores 365 323 276 -14.6 165,289 135,980 117,424 -13.6Other department stores 29 39 32 -17.9 3,054 7,547 4,966 -34.2

    General supermarkets 1,670 1,668 1,675 0.4 320,422 379,549 394,937 4.1Specialty supermarkets 33,381 37,035 36,220 -2.2 996,008 1,134,294 1,186,706 4.6

    Apparel 4,780 6,324 5,991 -5.3 52,755 77,694 75,333 -3.0Food 18,707 17,691 18,485 4.5 742,991 782,804 850,599 8.7Home products 9,894 13,020 11,744 -9.8 200,262 273,796 260,774 -4.8

    DIY stores 2,911 4,358 4,764 9.3 83,154 125,733 137,898 9.7Convenience stores 39,561 41,770 42,738 2.3 536,429 596,339 604,560 1.4Drug stores 10,917 14,664 13,095 -10.7 69,288 113,937 115,432 1.3Other supermarkets 77,667 65,011 56,211 -13.5 452,890 429,724 368,627 -14.2Specialty stores 921,801 775,847 726,825 -6.3 4,188,124 3,668,988 3,415,173 -6.9

    Apparel 134,329 106,134 95,497 -10.0 423,411 344,563 305,623 -11.3Food 249,287 204,171 190,788 -6.6 1,063,048 947,300 890,902 -6.0Home products 538,185 465,542 440,540 -5.4 2,701,665 2,377,125 2,218,648 -6.7

    Quasi-specialty stores 318,161 361,470 358,297 -0.9 1,280,899 1,495,784 1,541,926 3.1Other retail stores 3,332 2,230 2,680 20.2 16,155 10,663 12,550 17.7

    Source: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

    Fig. 4 Retailers and Employees, by Type of Business Locations Employees (Persons)

    2002 20041999 2002 2004 1999

    Retail product sales in 2004 amounted to 133.28 trillion yen, down 1.4% from 2002, according to

    the Index of Sales Statistics. Specialty stores registered sales of 49.97 trillion yen and quasi-specialty

    stores 27.58 trillion yen, together accounting for about 60% of total retail sales (Fig. 5). While

    specialty and department store sales shrank, convenient store and supermarket (food) sales grew, the

    latter perhaps reflecting lengthened business hours.

    Fig. 5 Annual Sales Share, by Type of Business

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    2004

    Department stores General supermarkets Apparel supermarkets Food supermarkets Home-product supermarkets

    Convenience stores Specialty stores Quasi-specialty stores Other

    Specialty stores are commercial outlets where 90% or more of products are in single category. Quasi-specialty (excluding specialty) stores are commercial outlets where50% or more of products are in a single category.Source: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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    Sales-floor area per store in 2004 increased 2.5% over 2002 as large retail chains, such as general

    supermarkets and home centers, opened up many new stores (Fig. 6). The average (total sales floor

    area divided by number of locations) was 116 m2, which was up 7.6% over 2002, and the 13th

    consecutive increase since METI introduced the Index of Sales Statistics in 1972. Increases were

    common in most fields, meaning that stores in general are getting bigger. Department stores

    increased 8.7% to 21,013 m2 (Fig. 7). Drug stores, which continued to open up large outlets,

    recorded a remarkable increase of 27.6%.

    Fig. 6Retail Sales Floor Area1991 1994 1997 1999 2002 2004

    Total sales floor area (m2) 109,901,497 121,623,712 128,083,639 133,869,296 140,619,288 144,128,517

    Locations 1,605,583 1,499,948 1,419,696 1,406,884 1,300,057 1,238,049

    Average area per location(m2)

    68 81 90 95 108 116

    Source: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Fig. 7 Average Sales Floor Area, by Type of Business (2004) (square meters) (m2)

    Department stores General supermarkets Specialty supermarkets Convenience stores Drug stores21,013 9,069 1,033 110 281

    Other supermarkets Specialty stores Quasi-specialty stores Other retail outlets126 59 74 120

    Source: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 4Topics Large Department Stores Plan Aggressive Investment

    Department store sales are recovering. Operating profits for each of the four largest department

    store chains in fiscal 2005 increased over the previous year (Fig. 8). With the exception of

    Mitsukoshi, whose operating profit grew only minimally due to the closure of four unprofitable

    stores, the other three chains posted double-digit increases in excess of 30 billion yen each.

    These chains also announced plans for large investments in central Tokyo and Osaka (Fig. 9). For

    example, Takashimaya will renovate its entire Shinjuku store, refurbish its Tokyo store and build a

    new main building in Osaka in 2007. Mitsukoshi plans to open a new store at JR Osaka Station in

    2011. The competition to draw customers is expected to intensify. Fig. 8Consolidated Ordinary Profits of four Largest Department Store Chains

    (100 million yen)

    Against previo