However, the market as a whole is not on the same trend. Although some major companies, such as Cainz and Kohnan, have contributed to the increase in total sales, many companies have continued to remain flat.
In contrast, the total number of stores increased by 11 (excluding the Ken-Depot 66 stores consolidated by Kohnan) to 4,812, but the pace of growth has been declining over the past few years.
In the past, major companies were actively opening new stores, but more and more companies are now shifting their investment into the digital field and renovating existing stores. The trend of steering clear of new store openings is likely to continue in the future.