It was a mixed week for John Lewis in the period to March 25. Total sales fell 4.1% to £81.72m, skewed by the late Easter. But Mother's Day boosted key categories and its new denim lifestyle brand had a strong start.
Independent department stores chain Morleys will open a new store in Bexleyheath, the North Kent suburb that is part of the Greater London catchment area, next month. It opens in the Broadway Shopping Centre.
Macy's owned Bluemercury is growing as its parent company stumbles in the retail game. While the department store is closing 68 of its own stores, it plans to open 50 Bluemercury shops within the year.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Swiss high-end perfume brand Memo Paris this month revealed plans for a brand new scent, 3 new store openings, plus a Parisian luncheon on Tuesday to unveil its new scent, Eau de Memo Paris.
The seven days to March 18 saw some brighter weather in the UK and it turned out to be bright for John Lewis too, at least on the fashion front as warm weather clothing beat cold weather items for the first time so far.
Upscale UK lifestyle brand The White Company will open its first physical store in the US in June with the opening of an international flagship at 155 Fifth Avenue, in the Flat Iron area of New York City.