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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.
Fashion
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.
Fashion
M&S doubles global webstores with launches in 46 new countries

M&S doubles global webstores with launches in 46 new countries

M&S has launched webstores in 46 new international markets as it works to boost its global sales, “instantly expanding online reach to over 100 countries and enabling millions more customers to purchase M&S products”.
Fashion
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.
Fashion
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
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
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.
Fashion
​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
Budget 2021: Help for retail but no online sales tax

Budget 2021: Help for retail but no online sales tax

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled what has been touted as the most important budget statement in decades. And there's plenty in the latest announcement that directly impacts the fashion and retail sectors.
Fashion
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. 
Fashion
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.
Fashion
UK shopper footfall still rising ahead of lockdown easing

UK shopper footfall still rising ahead of lockdown easing

UK shoppers are continuing to flood back to stores, even though most remain closed at present, and this bodes well for non-essential stores reopening next month.
Fashion
Debenhams shuts Scottish stores, won't return for liquidation sales post-lockdown

Debenhams shuts Scottish stores, won't return for liquidation sales post-lockdown

Debenhams is closing its 15 Scottish stores immediately with 647 job losses as a result, its administrator said in an update on the process to wind down the remaining parts of the business that Boohoo didn't buy.
Fashion
John Lewis is opening concessions in sister brand Waitrose

John Lewis is opening concessions in sister brand Waitrose

​John Lewis Partnership has been quietly opening John Lewis department store concessions in its Waitrose supermarkets. And while only a few have opened so far, it's reportedly planning to speed up this process.
Fashion
Selfridges sales were rising but pandemic meant huge challenges for retailer

Selfridges sales were rising but pandemic meant huge challenges for retailer

​Selfridges had already flagged the fact that its sales rose and its net profits fell in the year to February 2020, but it has now officially filed its annual results and the full extent of that performance can be seen.
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