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Mary Portas weighs in as John Lewis controversy continues
JLP Chairman Sharon White is mulling bringing in an outside investor, but the idea has sparked a big backlash and at the weekend, a high-profile industry insider accused the retailer of losing sight of what’s important.
Shein pop-ups heading to Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff
Global fashion and lifestyle e-tailer Shein is taking the brand on a physical tour this spring on two fronts: via a pop-up store and ‘glam’ bus.
Landsec retail prize winner will be offered pop-up in Leeds or Wandsworth
Landsec is again offering up-and-coming retailers the chance to win a month-long pop-up space at one of the commercial property giant’s prime retail destinations.
GfK UK consumer confidence rises again in March
UK consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in March following a dark period of consecutive declines going back to last autumn. Admittedly, it’s still in negative territory though.
UK retail sales rise in February but values fail to match inflation
British retail sales volumes rose 1.2% in February compared to January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed on Friday.
Gucci opens new store in Meatpacking District, reflecting a new design direction
The Italian luxury giant chose the vibrant artsy downtown Manhattan neighborhood for its latest retail space.
Luxury bags are significantly more expensive in China than in Europe
While waiting for the Chinese to start traveling again, brands are betting on a rebound in domestic demand following the end of the anti-Covid measures, increasing their prices, reported a study by Retviews by Lectra.
Royal College of Art gets top global art and design accolade for ninth year running
When it comes to long-standing accolades, The Royal College of Art (RCA) can have few rivals. The London institution has been ranked No 1 university for art & design internationally for the ninth consecutive year.
eBay promotes Williams to top UK role
Digital marketplace eBay has promoted its UK chief marketing officer Eve Williams to become vice-president and general manager of eBay UK. She replaces Murray Lambell, who held the post since 2020.
Joe Browns announces plans for 10 new stores
Joe Browns is to open 10 stores across the UK by the end of 2024 a big expansion from its current two stores. And it will dip its toe in the water of franchising with an additional location to open soon in Cumbria.
Selfridges Corner Shop sees Elton John takeover
The latest big name to take up residence in the Selfridges Corner Shop in London is Elton John with the takeover starting this week and running into mid-April.
UK inflation rises as womenswear prices jump
UK inflation has risen again, a sign that we’re not out of the woods yet and consumer activity is still being hurt by surging prices with fashion prices rising faster than they've done in over a decade.
H&M to open experiential store at centre: mk
H&M has upsized and relocated in Milton Keynes to centre:mk, the town’s increasingly successful mall. And the new store will be special, according to the fashion retailer.
Council calls for law change to end blight of candy stores on Oxford Street
The West End of London’s local authority has called for a much stricter economic crime bill and reform of business rates to officially bring a halt to American-style candy stores that continue to “litter” Oxford Street.
Reactive pricing platform BlackCurve gets funding injection
Pricing website BlackCurve has secured an additional £750,000 in new funding, bringing its total raised to £3.7 million, to fund expansion into core online markets.
Frasers Group completes Luton's The Mall buy, is confident for physical retail
Frasers Group’s well-documented commitment to physical retail has taken a big step forward with the company buying a shopping centre – The Mall in Luton -- for £58 million.