As retail flounders, department stores and retailers ramp up beauty instead

BHG Singapore added a mobile point-of-sale cashier system.
BHG Singapore added a mobile point-of-sale cashier system.PHOTO: COURTESY OF BHG SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - With the impending closure of Robinsons fresh on the minds of shoppers, many have questioned the fate of department stores here. What can one do to survive the tough retail climate?

For some retailers, it means turning their attention to beauty. In the last few months, a few have forged ahead with ambitious investments to diversify and improve their beauty offerings.

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