The second half of 2016 proved to be a tough one for Laura Ashley as the firm faced a challenging backdrop leading to a profit warning Thursday. But it is upbeat and sees improvement ahead as it grows internationally.
UK interiors and homewares retailer Dunelm had a tough time of it in the first half as pre-tax profits plunged 26% on the back of a generally weak market and supply problems. But online surged and the firm is upbeat.
Harris Tweed Hebrides has linked up with Vienna's top design school to get the heritage fabric in front of future designers as part of a wider push that will also see it publicising the fabric in Europe and Asia.