Steve Johnson is to take over as chairperson at value retailer Matalan and it has a new commercial chief too, with James Brown returning to the firm after having been commercial director of GM & Clothing at Sainsbury’s.
Ongoing underperformance at its Australian operations has led to the exit from his group post of Woolworths Holdings’ CEO Ian Moir, the South African company replacing him with an executive from Levi Strauss.
The chairman of a prominent, but unnamed, retailer has said that the coming Christmas season could be the worst in more than a decade, which means it could be the worst since the crisis of 2008 that saw low spending.
Genesco’s struggling British footwear chain Schuh has reportedly called in a consultancy group, Capa, to examine ways of cutting its rental bill. It has also been working with its long-term adviser KPMG on options.
South African department chain Woolworths said on Thursday it had turned around its fashion, beauty and home business after fixing poor product choices in clothing, which had previously weighed on its sales.
Woolworths Holdings has launched a limited edition makeup line in collaboration with Beyonce’s makeup artist Sir John on Thursday, seeking to strengthen its private label brand in its first international collaboration.
Australian department store operator Myer returned to profitability in the first half as a turnaround strategy focused on cutting floorspace and shedding low-margin brands gained traction, lifting its shares sharply.