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.
Large Shopping Malls in Bangkok Will Be Closed until July 25th
Shopping malls under the Mall Group, including all branches of The Mall, the Emporium, Emquartier and Paragon Department Store, are also closed for 14 days, from today, except for supermarkets, food courts, pharmacy shops, eateries (take-out and delivery only), banks, mobile phone shops and vaccination sites.
Downside risks loom for Thai economy due to Prolonged COVID-19 Outbreak
The most important issue for the Thai economy at present would be the procurement and distribution of appropriate vaccines adequately and timely.
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has revealed that Thailand’s economy faces significant downside risks, because a prolonged COVID-19 outbreak could cause the economy to underperform the baseline projection, squeezing business liquidity and slowing employment.(more…)
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