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Selfridges and Primark magnate W. Galen Weston dies

Selfridges and Primark magnate W. Galen Weston dies

​W. Galen Weston, patriarch of one of Canada’s wealthiest families and retail titan, has died at age 80, according to a statement by the family on Tuesday.
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Irish brand Gym+Coffee expands in UK

Irish brand Gym+Coffee expands in UK

Gym+Coffee, is continuing its drive into the UK with the opening of its second retail store outside of Ireland. Following an earlier debut at Westfield London, it’s opening in Manchester's Trafford Centre on April 17. 
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China's exports rise at robust pace in March, imports growth highest in 4 years

China's exports rise at robust pace in March, imports growth highest in 4 years

China's exports grew at a robust pace in March as global demand picks up amid progress in worldwide COVID-19 vaccination, while import growth surged to the highest in four years.
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China warns online platform companies to halt anti-competitive practices

China warns online platform companies to halt anti-competitive practices

China's market regulator said on Tuesday it had warned nearly three dozen internet "platform" companies to stop using any banned practices such as forcing vendors to use their platform exclusively.
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BFC announces Changemakers Prize in link with Swarovski

BFC announces Changemakers Prize in link with Swarovski

​The BFC has launched a new prize that aims to “discover and celebrate the unsung stars who go above and beyond, making outstanding contributions and striving for positive change”.
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Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School launches at Elmira college

Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School launches at Elmira college

American fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger along with his siblings, Andy and Betsy have partnered with Elmira college to launch the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School.
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Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Singapore-based specialist in the digitisation of retail brands, Trax has announced that it has raised funds totalling €539 million ($640 million) which it will use to develop its services for retailers.
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Shoppers in England and Wales flock to physical stores on reopening day

Shoppers in England and Wales flock to physical stores on reopening day

They’re back! Shoppers were out in full force up and down the high streets and shopping centres of England and Wales for the grand reopening of non-essential retail on Monday (12 April).
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Return to offices in UK should boost beauty sector

Return to offices in UK should boost beauty sector

The reopening of non-essential shops in much of the UK on April 12 and workers back in their offices mark a big step in the return to normality. It seems that key product categories are likely to benefit.
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John Lewis launches more affordable Anyday brand

John Lewis launches more affordable Anyday brand

​John Lewis launched a new in-house range of 2,400 products on Monday. Called Anyday, for now it takes in homeware, technology, baby care and baby clothing. 
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Many Britons to stick to lockdown spending habits - survey

Many Britons to stick to lockdown spending habits - survey

​News to dampen non-essential retail reopening day enthusiasm. Don’t expect those who’ve saved money over the past year to hit the spend, spend, spend button.
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Hammerson prepares to sell UK retail parks portfolio to Canada’s Brookfield

Hammerson prepares to sell UK retail parks portfolio to Canada’s Brookfield

Hammerson is selling its UK retail parks to Canadian private equity firm Brookfield for around £350 million, according to one report. However, on Monday, Hammerson said any deal is far from being sealed. 
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McArthurGlen opens Designer Outlet West Midlands

McArthurGlen opens Designer Outlet West Midlands

​April 12 sees the opening of McArthurGlen’s latest outlet centre with the debut of the £160m Designer Outlet West Midlands. The company said it’s the only standalone shopping centre to open in the UK this year.
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Maisie Williams is H&M sustainability ambassador, deal starts with game appearance

Maisie Williams is H&M sustainability ambassador, deal starts with game appearance

​H&M has named Maisie Williams as its Global Sustainability Ambassador with the link-up representing a huge ambition as it says it wants “to change the future of fashion”.
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Monsoon opens new concept store, will be first of many

Monsoon opens new concept store, will be first of many

​Monsoon has chosen the big reopening day for much of the UK to unveil its new store concept, which will be the first of a new chain of boutique stores. 
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China fines Alibaba record $2.75 billion for anti-monopoly violations

China fines Alibaba record $2.75 billion for anti-monopoly violations

China slapped a record 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Saturday, after an anti-monopoly probe found the e-commerce giant had abused its dominant market position for several years.
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