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In inclusivity push, Unilever to exclude word 'normal' from beauty products

In inclusivity push, Unilever to exclude word 'normal' from beauty products

Unilever will remove the word "normal" from its beauty and personal care products, as well as stop digital alterations of body shapes and skin colour of models used in its advertising in a push to be more inclusive.
Beauty
Seven Dials names pop-up incubator winners

Seven Dials names pop-up incubator winners

​The Seven Dials area of London is to welcome four emerging, female-led brands via individual pop-up retail space, major landlord Shaftesbury said on Monday.
Fashion
Retail parks see strong rise in weekly footfall on eve of England schools reopening

Retail parks see strong rise in weekly footfall on eve of England schools reopening

In the countdown to non-essential stores reopening, how has UK footfall fared in the latest recorded week? In a nutshell, high streets poor, shopping centres not bad, retail parks good.
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Liverpool One gears up for reopening

Liverpool One gears up for reopening

​And so the preparations begin in the bid to ensure destinations are are on consumers’ ‘must visit’ lists when non-essential retail reopen from 12 April.
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Asda mulls George clothing sale, could add beauty salons

Asda mulls George clothing sale, could add beauty salons

​Asda’s new owners are planning a radical transformation of the chain that could see new services such as nail bars and beauty salons, more third-party concessions, and the sale of its George clothing operations.
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Retail space conversions accelerate as landlords seek more profitable tenants

Retail space conversions accelerate as landlords seek more profitable tenants

What had once seemed unthinkable is now not only happening but accelerating as failed UK retailers' giant spaces are transformed for new uses. And a spate of news on Monday showed the extent of the issue.
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Brass to join M&S as operations director, delivering new vision for retail ops

Brass to join M&S as operations director, delivering new vision for retail ops

Deep into its well-publicised transformation strategy, UK retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed Alastair Brass as retail operations director, effective April.
Fashion
Body Shop, Avon and Aesop all outperform for Natura in Q4

Body Shop, Avon and Aesop all outperform for Natura in Q4

​The Body Shop, Avon and Aesop owner Natura & Co reported a sales surge and net profits up 200% in Q4, with the Brazilian giant saying it's continuing to outperform the wider market. 
Beauty
Frasers calls business rates relief "near worthless", reviews portfolio

Frasers calls business rates relief "near worthless", reviews portfolio

​In a typically blunt statement, Frasers Group has blasted Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget as doing virtually nothing for hard-pressed retailers on business rates. And it seems some of its stores are at risk as a result.
Fashion
L'Oreal responds to push for natural ingredients in make-up

L'Oreal responds to push for natural ingredients in make-up

L'Oreal aims to derive nearly all its ingredients from renewable plant sources and abundant minerals by 2030 as demand for organic and environmentally-friendly cosmetics grows. 
Beauty
UK footfall climbed in February, hints at huge pent-up demand

UK footfall climbed in February, hints at huge pent-up demand

​UK footfall climbed steadily during February and while the year-on-year decline compared to a year ago remained huge (-61%), it was better than the -65.6% seen in January.
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​Caledonia Park designer village refurb reaches major milestone

​Caledonia Park designer village refurb reaches major milestone

Heralded as becoming “Scotland’s premier designer village” the Caledonia Park redevelopment in Gretna has completed a “significant” first phase, according to the project’s investor RPMI Railpen.
Fashion
UK in top three for cross-border e-shopping popularity

UK in top three for cross-border e-shopping popularity

Britain’s size is immaterial when it comes to e-commerce. The UK is the third most shopped market for international online purchases, only behind China and the US, according to a report.
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London-based Vogacloset sells majority stake for Middle East growth

London-based Vogacloset sells majority stake for Middle East growth

​UK-based fashion e-tail platform Vogacloset is selling a 51% stake to Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co, the leading franchise retailer in Saudi Arabia, and Arabian Centres Company.
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Landsec names data expert as new non-exec director

Landsec names data expert as new non-exec director

Data and analytics expert Manjiry Tamhane has joined property giant Landsec as an independent non-executive director. 
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More calls for retail tax changes, support for female-focused businesses in budget

More calls for retail tax changes, support for female-focused businesses in budget

Ahead of Wednesday’s key budget, the government has received calls to cut retail taxes and provide extra support for women in business.
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