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Asia Driving Massive Duty Free Beauty Growth

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Asia Pacific will drive massive growth in duty free shopping through 2020, led by an increase in global travelers.

The global duty free retailing market will expand at a CAGR of 6.7% through 2020, according to a new report from RNR Research. Cosmetic and toiletries comprised the largest duty free category and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7.9% through 2020, driven by the K-beauty craze and customized offerings.

Asia-Pacific is the leading duty free market, with South Korea comprising the largest share and a CAGR of 9.6%. According to the report, India will be the fastest growing market trough 2020, expanding at a rate of 20.7%, while Japan will become the seventh largest duty free market. 

What's behind this growth? Primarily, according to the analysis, more international travel and low-cost airlines and expanded routes. Meanwhile, airports have modernized and enhanced duty free offerings.

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