New research from McKinsey suggests that Japan’s online grocery market is likely to grow rapidly over the next few years, creating opportunities for supermarket retailers (and, to some degree, fast-moving consumer goods manufacturers). Back in 2009 already Japan’s general merchandise stores and supermarkets comprised an Internet grocery retail market estimated at ¥28.4 billion ($280 million) of which Ito-Yokado accounted for 45 percent and Seiyu (Wal-Mart) another 31 percent
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Seven & i Holdings released a market report on 2012. It attests a decline in the number of retail stores in Japan. Japan's shoppers overall show less interest in large shopping sprees and more interest in convenience. The reason thereof partly lies in the ever aging population of Japan as well as the increasing number or working women who have less time to go shopping for the family or for their pleasure. The market position of Seven & i Holdings among retailers worlwide has dropped.