The purchase by Sports Direct of department store group House of Fraser drew a cautious response from analysts on Monday, with some saying the deal could backfire on Mike Ashley, the sportswear retailer's founder.
Virtualstock, a London-based tech startup whose cloud-based inventory solutions are used by retailers including John Lewis and Wonderbra, has completed a fundraising round that valued the business at nearly £70m.
A casualty of Hammerson's change of direction (as well as the weak market for bricks and mortar stores) is the mall giant's plan for a massive expansion at Brent Cross that has now been indefinitely deferred.
Kin continued to drive John Lewis womenswear sales up in the last seven days as the firm's own label proved a popular pick for customers and underlined the wisdom of its new strategy that is very focused on own-brands.
M&S is the latest in a growing list of retailers launching start-up schemes to have access to new technologies and innovative solutions, as digital becomes central in the fight to survive on the high street.
Major retailer John Lewis on Monday became the latest British business to back a scheme that aims to provide jobs for hundreds of survivors of modern slavery, following cosmetics company The Body Shop.