Southeast Asia

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RadioShack has big expansion plans in Southeast Asia. The consumer electronics retailer is struggling in the U.S. amid the volatile economic environment and increasing competition from online retailers. It faces competition from brick and mortar retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy as well as online players like Amazon and eBay.

RadioShack has partnered with Berjaya Retail Berhad, a Malaysian retail group, to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. It plans to extend its franchise locations to 10 countries in Southeast Asia with plans to open at least 1,000 sites

Manufacturers have spent years building low-cost global supply chains. Natural disasters are showing them just how delicate those networks really are.

The image is almost surreal: It shows part of a Honda auto factory in central Thailand, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, swamped under 15 feet of water, brand-new cars floating in the currents. The devastating November flooding in Thailand, which killed more than 600 people, also knocked out some of Honda's key suppliers, including electronics component maker Rohm & Co., forcing production delays in plants as far away as Ohio.

China's Haier will buy Panasonic Corp's Sanyo Electric washing machine and refrigerator units in Japan and Southeast Asia for about $130 million, in a move that will give the Chinese appliance giant better access to the world's third-largest economy, sources said.

Panasonic said on Thursday the two companies have agreed with the transaction, but did not disclose the financial terms.

The sale fits in with Panasonic's strategy to restructure businesses that overlapped with those of Sanyo Electric, the Japanese electronics maker said.

LG Electronics has started to eat into Sony's global TV market share just when the struggling Japanese consumer electronics manufacture was looking for increased growth of their Bravia flat panel TVs. According to recent market share reports from Asia's three consumer electronics giants, LG Electronics shipped 18.91 million units of flat-screen TVs between January and September this year, compared with Sony's 13.7 million units in the same period. Samsung Electronics retained its lead, selling 26.53 million TVs during the first three quarters of this year, according to the company's third-quarter earnings data.

The 26th autumn edition of Hong Kong’s Electronics Fair featured more cutting-edge technology than ever, in step with China’s maturing marketing skills. Flat panel-dominated the main floor of the show, with a higher population than ever of high-definition large-screen 1080p models setting the high-tech tone for the 26th Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), held Oct. 13 to 16. The finished-goods show, which runs concurrently with the components show electronicAsia 2006, attracted almost 2,500 exhibitors, an increase of 17 percent from the 2005 Fall Fair, due in part to the fact that a newly renovated portion of the exhibition floor was made available to

The first wave of lower-priced Chinese-made LCD and plasma HDTVs could hit U.S. retailers sometime early next year, along with a new supply of discounted DVD players and recorders, flash-based MP3 players and stereo-ready Bluetooth products, many bearing unknown brand names. These products, along with a slew of small and personal appliances and home security products, dominated the small booths at last month's packed Hong Kong Electronics Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Many of the 2,000-plus fair exhibitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, as well as a sprinkling from Japan and Korea, displayed a broader assortment of

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