Regional Hampshire shopping centre Festival Place Basingstoke has boosted its retail offer with the signing of Skechers, which will be taking a 2,800 sq ft unit, and the opening of a new anchor store for Next.
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.
Online shopping continues to gain ground in Europe with two-thirds of internet users e-buying in 2016, according to a survey from Eurostat. And fashion is a key product category, especially for young shoppers.
The 2016 Luxury Society Keynote Shanghai event took place last week, highlighting the need for brands to push augmented reality in the Chinese market, via new technologies such as VR and live streaming.