As yet another record Prime Day draws to a close, with over 175 million products purchased by Amazon shoppers in 18 countries over 48 hours, beauty has proved to be one of the most popular product categories this year.
Matalan continued to deliver respectable sales growth in Q1, despite tough comparisons. Revenue rose 2.9% but profits were flat as it was forced to start its clearance sale early due to the wet May and June weather.
It was a tough month for womenswear, menswear and footwear in May as UK online retail sales for all categories went into reverse, the comparable figures having been skewed by the mini boom of a year ago.
Inditex is another of the big winners in global fashion retail and while its sales and profits increases may not always match analysts’ lofty expectations, it's a consistent performer as it continues to expand globally.
Joules was firing on all cylinders again in the latest year, helped by US and German growth, fast-rising e-tail sales and holding its nerve on pricing, despite a tough backdrop impacting many of its sector peers.
Mothercare has reported more weak results but the mother-and-baby products retailer talked of progress and its focus on rebuilding itself as a global brand with a bigger move into digital and more exclusive products.