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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TK Maxx to open in former Debenhams at Westfield London
TK Maxx’s ambitious London expansion plans have seen the fashion and homewares retailer striking a key flagship store deal. It will open in Westfield London this autumn in the former Debenhams store.
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.
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.
M&S is doubling down on brands strategy, sees £1bn potential
M&S is reportedly ready to dive even deeper into selling external fashion brands alongside its own label in a move that would take it even closer to a traditional department store model.
Backlash starts over John Lewis potentially changing staff ownership structure
John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has moved fast with reassurances that any outside investor s brought in won’t mean the end of the firm’s employee ownership model as criticism of what’s not even a definite plan has begun.
Lifestyle destination Woo names Mullin Fashion Editor-at-Large
Gen Z culture and wellness destination Woo has appointed Callum Mullin as its first Fashion Editor-at-Large, with the fashion writer, model and social media star joining the “genre-defining platform”.