CP All Pcl (CPALL), (Charoen Pokphand Group or เครือเจริญโภคภัณฑ์) the world’s third- biggest operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores, said it plans to expand its network in Thailand to 10,000 outlets by 2018 to maintain annual profit growth at 15 percent.
The company, controlled by 73-year-old Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, plans to add 3,300 stores to its existing 6,700 in the next six years, Piyawat said. About 500 outlets will open each year, more than half outside Bangkok. Stores in provincial cities and rural areas will account for 60 percent of the company’s total, from about 50 percent, he said.
Charoen Pokphand Group and biggest competitor Tesco Plc (TSCO) are adding outlets in the nation of 67 million people after the government raised minimum wages and introduced price guarantees for rice and rubber to boost rural incomes. Piyawat said he also wants to expand outside of Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy, and may open 7-Eleven stores in southern China and Vietnam to help meet the Bangkok-based company’s long-term profit target.
Thailand aims to push its games and content industry
After almost a year under the pandemic, the number of game players in Thailand rose to 32 million and helped the market generate over a billion dollars in 2020, according to NewZoo, an international analytics and market research group.
Thailand’s H1 Investment Applications rise 158% in combined value, BOI says
Japanese firms ranked first with 87 projects worth 42.8 billion baht, followed by investments from the U.S. with 18 projects worth 24.1 billion baht, and China with 63 projects worth 18.6 billion baht.
In the first six months of 2021, Thailand’s investment applications increased 14% from the year earlier period in terms of the number of projects, and 158% in combined value, led by increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) applications, sustained growth in target industries including the electronics and medical sectors, as well as in power generation, the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) said.(more…)
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