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UK's hot property sector sees British Land return to profit

UK's hot property sector sees British Land return to profit

​British Land became the second UK property giant in two days to report that the sector’s post-pandemic trading is thriving again, delivering “a strong performance across all parts of our business” for the year.
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UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9%, could derail fashion and beauty recovery

UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9%, could derail fashion and beauty recovery

British inflation surged last month to its highest annual rate since 1982, piling pressure on finance minister Rishi Sunak to step up his help for households facing a worsening cost-of-living crisis.
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Shaftesbury boosts London's Berwick Street ownership with new buy

Shaftesbury boosts London's Berwick Street ownership with new buy

Landlord Shaftesbury, which owns a 16-acre portfolio in London's West End, has just got a little bigger in the retail area. ​The property giant has acquired a long leasehold in the lower floors of 92-104 Berwick Street.
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Landsec success heralds return to profit, launches new leasing partner model

Landsec success heralds return to profit, launches new leasing partner model

​Property giant Landsec — which owns most of Bluewater — spoke of its strong financial and operational position Tuesday, “expecting to deliver material growth in income”. And that's with UK economic turbulence factored in.
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UK footfall slips back in latest week

UK footfall slips back in latest week

​UK footfall’s post-pandemic recovery took a hit last week as concerns over rising prices and worries over an impending recession deepened. There were negative numbers (almost) everywhere for the 8-14 May period. 
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CEO of AllSaints joins British Retail Consortium board

CEO of AllSaints joins British Retail Consortium board

​The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has beefed up the non-executive directors on its board with the appointment of two new names, including Peter Wood, the CEO of AllSaints.
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India's Reliance to acquire dozens of brands in $6.5 billion consumer goods play - sources

India's Reliance to acquire dozens of brands in $6.5 billion consumer goods play - sources

India's biggest retailer Reliance will acquire dozens of small grocery and non-food brands as it targets building its own $6.5 billion consumer goods business to challenge foreign giants like Unilever.
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L'Oréal names Emmanuel Goulin president and CEO of Italian subsidiary

L'Oréal names Emmanuel Goulin president and CEO of Italian subsidiary

French cosmetics group L'Oréal, owner of brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Lancôme, has appointed Emmanuel Goulin as president and CEO of L'Oréal Italy. Goulin will succeed François-Xavier Fenart.
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Klarna Virtual Shopping launch aims to recreate in-store experience online

Klarna Virtual Shopping launch aims to recreate in-store experience online

​BNPL specialist Klarna has rolled out Virtual Shopping, “connecting online shoppers directly with experts in physical stores, through live video and messaging, to provide a highly personalised experience online”. 
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Nexite announces major funding for physical retail-boosting tech platform

Nexite announces major funding for physical retail-boosting tech platform

Tech firm Nexite has announced a new funding injection. It takes its total funding up to $100m for its breakthrough Bluetooth tag and SaaS platform that boosts physical shopping and makes it more e-tail-like.
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Ex-Financial Conduct Authority boss worried on BNPL regulation slowdown

Ex-Financial Conduct Authority boss worried on BNPL regulation slowdown

​As the cost of living continues to rise, pressure is mounting on the UK government to push ahead to regulate the buy-now pay-later (BNPL) finance industry.
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Hedge funds, administrator are the winners after Debenhams collapse - report

Hedge funds, administrator are the winners after Debenhams collapse - report

​Failed businesses can yield rewards. Hedge funds that ran Debenhams look to have recovered most of their costs while the retailer’s administrators have clocked up £5.3 million in fees in the two years since bankruptcy.
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Google unveils new 10-shade skin tone scale to test AI for bias

Google unveils new 10-shade skin tone scale to test AI for bias

Alphabet Inc's Google on Wednesday unveiled a palette of 10 skin tones that it described as a step forward in making gadgets and apps that better serve people of color.
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Bazaarvoice Shopper Experience Index shows surging importance of UGC

Bazaarvoice Shopper Experience Index shows surging importance of UGC

UGC is becoming ever more important to the shopping journey and the latest international Shopper Experience Index report shows that “purchase influence has shifted from business-to-consumer, to consumer-to-consumer”.
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British publisher Future acquires Who What Wear

British publisher Future acquires Who What Wear

​UK publishing group Future, which owns titles including Marie Claire and Country Life, has acquired women’s lifestyle platform Who What Wear from US firm Clique Brands for what's reported to be around $100 million.
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UK plans to force landlords to let out empty stores confirmed

UK plans to force landlords to let out empty stores confirmed

​The UK government has confirmed earlier rumours that it has plans to force landlords to rent out empty stores to try to breathe life back into high streets.
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