Trends

Times are getting tougher at Yiwu International Trade City, a wholesale market in China's Zhejiang Province.

Once-bustling Chinese wholesale market grows quieter

Yiwu International Trade City hit by higher labor costs, e-commerce

  • Small geothermal plants gaining steam in Japan

    Higher power prices, less red tape encourage businesses to tap massive reserves

  • Time is ticking for Switzerland's luxury watchmakers

    Companies hope entry-level timepieces offset cooling Chinese demand

  • Chinese trends of 2016 help explain economic resilience

    New ideas and experiences fuel consumption and growth

  • Japanese carmakers giving US dealers bigger incentives

    If sweet deals lead to more market share, criticism could follow

  • Japanese pop star perfection, served up digitally

    Producers and fans are finding that virtual idols can be better than the real thing

  • Genting shares touch 10-month high on robust earnings, dividend

  • Uber, Grab locked in Bali street fight

    Restrictions on use of apps increasing at hotels, restaurants

  • Corporate Japan's earnings at a record high

    Good times could end, though, as protectionism takes hold abroad

  • Japan trading houses, power companies raise biomass imports

    Government promoting use of more reliable fuel source

  • Taiwan's scooter market gets electric jolt

    Subsidies, local innovation spark a battery-powered bike boom

  • E-learning combats Southeast Asia's teacher shortages

    Companies from Japan, elsewhere respond to the need with 'edtech'

  • UN Ballast-water convention to take effect in September

    Charter fees and freight rates may rise as smaller lines struggle with costs

  • Chinese flock to South Korea despite travel restrictions

    Defense tensions, scrapped flights didn't stop visitors from rising 8% in January

  • Japan's wind farm developers face wrong kind of gusts

    Lack of clear policy backing renewables leaves innovation languid

  • World's biggest beer market keeps getting smaller

    Third year of falling Chinese output comes amid rumors of consolidation

  • Southeast Asia warms to Japan Inc.'s refrigerated warehouses

    Building spree sparked by growing consumer expectations as incomes rise

  • Taiwan labor law change drives personnel costs higher

    Employers curb overtime; workers unhappy about loss of national holidays

  • Favorable environment encourages corporate bond issues in Japan

    First-timers line up to take advantage of low rates, high demand

  • Japan Inc. sees bigger rewards as mother of inventions

    Mitsubishi Electric, Toyota bolster incentives to entice, retain global talent