A focus on becoming globally competitive and consumer focused has paid off for Aeon Group, which today announced it has become Japan's most profitable retailer. At a Tokyo press conference today, Aeon Group President Motoya Okada announced the company achieved a 16 per cent increase in sales and a 5 per cent increase in profitability over last year, well ahead of its closest competitor. The project is at the midpoint of a five-year programme.