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Parkour negotiates rough terrain

Whatever definition of marketing you use, and the leather industry has a poor record at definitions, it was not leather industry marketing that caused the global financial crash in 2007 nor pushed hide prices over US$100 a hide a couple of years ago. On the other hand, it was a clear industry failure to grasp even the fundamentals of marketing that has meant there has been so much surprise that leather has not seen a rebound in market share since hide prices started collapsing.

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Consumption drives Japanese beef imports

Japanese beef consumption is set to increase 4% percent to 1.26 million metric tonnes (MT) in 2017. As domestic cattle slaughter slows down, Japan’s total beef imports increased 18% in the first half of 2017, year-on-year.

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The enigma of Japanese leather

The Archaeological Leather Group organised a half-day seminar at the Leathersellers’ livery hall in London on September 19. “Enigma of Japanese Leather” featured presentations on ancient tanning and leather making techniques from Japan with a selection of historical leather artefacts from Japan.

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If you want to make money – open a coffee shop

In pretty much every city in Europe and China that I have been recently, the retail traffic appeared significantly down compared with a year ago. Part of this is the big shift to online purchasing as more and more consumers find smartphones and tablets a very convenient way to buy.

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Honda profits hit by Takata recall

Honda Motors recorded a better-than-expected 174.6 billion yen profit ($1.7 billion) for the fiscal first quarter, as it gradually recovers from damage caused by a quake in southwestern Japan and Takata airbag crisis.

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