Only weeks after England’s November lockdown ended, a big chunk of the country has moved back into strict Covid rules as a new ‘tier 4’ means non-essential stores have again had to close in London and the South East.
There may have been plenty of Black Friday bargains to lure shoppers, but UK retail sales still fell in November with sales volumes down by 3.8% compared to October. That came as England’s shops went into lockdown.
John Lewis will host a special live-stream event on Friday and has also unveiled Rita Clifton as its its next deputy chairman. The company will host its first live-streamed show as part of its Christmas campaign.
The Hut Group may be powering webstores for brands globally via its THG Ingenuity division, but it's clearly focused on doing what it knows it can do well and bringing in partners for some specialisations.