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Historic Arthur Beale set to ship out of central London as pandemic devastates business

Historic Arthur Beale set to ship out of central London as pandemic devastates business

Arthur Beale, one of the oldest stores in London, is to close permanently next month. The storied yacht chandler on Shaftesbury Avenue, adjacent to Covent Garden, is to shut its doors after 150 years in the location.
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Trafford Centre gets surprise new asset manager Pradera Lateral

Trafford Centre gets surprise new asset manager Pradera Lateral

Pradera Lateral is the surprise choice to manage the Trafford Centre. Its appointment follows a “competitive” tender process, with little-known Pradera beating industry giant Westfield to oversee the Manchester mall. 
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Amazon to create 10,000 new UK jobs, corporate fashion roles included

Amazon to create 10,000 new UK jobs, corporate fashion roles included

​Amazon will create 10,000 new permanent jobs in the United Kingdom in 2021, taking its total workforce in the country to more than 55,000, it said on Friday.
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Klarna launches "myth-busting" consumer ad campaign

Klarna launches "myth-busting" consumer ad campaign

Klarna has launched a quirky ad campaign to help consumers "discover the truth" about the global payments and shopping service brand. 
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Oliver Bonas to open first Essex store this summer

Oliver Bonas to open first Essex store this summer

​Independent lifestyle brand Oliver Bonas is to open its first store in Essex, with the 78-store retailer securing a 1,788 square foot regional flagship at Aquila Holdings-owned and operated Bond Street mall in Chelmsford.
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John Lewis opens revamped Edinburgh store

John Lewis opens revamped Edinburgh store

​John Lewis unveils its revamped Edinburgh store on Friday after a major refurbishment. The focus is on making the store a must-visit destination, with experiences and expertise that can’t be replicated online.
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London's West End to see high summer footfall says NWEC survey

London's West End to see high summer footfall says NWEC survey

​Central London footfall may still be well down on pre-Covid levels, but an uptick is expected this summer with a new study suggesting consumers are keen to get back to the UK’s premier shopping district.
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Selfridges gets licence to host weddings

Selfridges gets licence to host weddings

​After a year in which weddings were cancelled across Britain, they're back on the agenda, so with supreme good timing, Selfridges has just been granted a licence to host the ceremonies and receptions.
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Sustainability counts: half of UK consumers shun firms with poor credentials

Sustainability counts: half of UK consumers shun firms with poor credentials

Be warned, consumer sustainability issues may be more important than you think. Over half of people in the UK (56%) are less likely to buy from organisations with a weak sustainability record, according to a new survey.
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Indie businesses worried about UK's too-slow high street recovery

Indie businesses worried about UK's too-slow high street recovery

UK retail may be open for business again, but some smaller traders are far from happy at the speed of the revival, with campaign group Save The Street calling for government help to stimulate local spending.
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Debenhams Bournemouth exit gives opportunity for indie replacement

Debenhams Bournemouth exit gives opportunity for indie replacement

​As Debenhams exits the high street, many of its former stores are being converted to non-retail uses. But there appears to be an opportunity opening up for the return of smaller department store operators. 
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Joules recovery continues in stores and online

Joules recovery continues in stores and online

​Joules Group had good news on Tuesday as it’s expecting a “positive performance” across all retail channels for the financial year that ends in a few weeks, with revenue and pre-tax profit ahead of expectations. 
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UK's OOOOO links with Brazil's B2W marketplace on live-stream commerce

UK's OOOOO links with Brazil's B2W marketplace on live-stream commerce

​Live-stream commerce is making major inroads globally and with most retailers having little in-house expertise in this area, external companies are capitalising on the sector’s fast expansion.
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Poor weather hits UK retail footfall, Scotland's reopening numbers much brighter

Poor weather hits UK retail footfall, Scotland's reopening numbers much brighter

Poor spring weather over much of the UK hit shopper footfall numbers last week, although Scotland's retail reopening bought much brighter figures, according to latest reports from Springboard and Ipsos.
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Retailers risk customer loyalty through online and store "disconnect" - study

Retailers risk customer loyalty through online and store "disconnect" - study

Be warned. Brands are putting customer loyalty at risk due to a disconnect between their physical and e-commerce experiences, new research claims, with Gen Z consumers now expecting in-store 'experientialism'.
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Paula Nickolds joins Sainsbury's in charge of fashion and GM

Paula Nickolds joins Sainsbury's in charge of fashion and GM

UK supermarkets giant Sainsbury’s has announced that former John Lewis MD Paula Nickolds is to join the business in June as General Merchandise and Clothing Commercial Director and become a member of its operating board.
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