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London Designer Outlet Black Friday sales beat pre-pandemic level

London Designer Outlet Black Friday sales beat pre-pandemic level

​The point at which brands, retailers and destinations equal or exceed key measures from before the pandemic is being closely watched and Wembley Park’s London Designer Outlet has just hit a key milestone on this front.
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Retail "most resilient real estate asset class" in 2022 - Savills report

Retail "most resilient real estate asset class" in 2022 - Savills report

​Retail may have had it tough in recent years, with lots of negative headlines. But a new report says it's turning out to be the most resilient real estate asset class this year, enjoying major investment.
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Sephora names 2023 accelerate brand incubator program cohort

Sephora names 2023 accelerate brand incubator program cohort

Sephora North America named on Tuesday a cohort of seven BIPOC brand founders spanning fragrance, makeup, and skincare for its 2023 Accelerate brand incubator program. 
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Department and fashion stores suffer most from pandemic's high street impact - report

Department and fashion stores suffer most from pandemic's high street impact - report

Just how major the changes have been on Britain's high streets after two years of lockdowns and trading restrictions can be seen in a new report, with department stores and fashion retail hit the hardest.
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Very adds beauty tech, launches virtual try-on experiences

Very adds beauty tech, launches virtual try-on experiences

​Digital retailer Very is making augmented reality a big part of its online beauty offer. The Very Group brand has launched virtual make-up try-on features.
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Battersea Power Station makes senior promotions, launches Christmas makeover

Battersea Power Station makes senior promotions, launches Christmas makeover

​Battersea Power Station has named Sam Cotton Head of Asset Management and Kate Boothman Meier Head of Communications and Marketing following its reopening as a major London mall in October.
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Consumer concerns dent November fashion spend, despite the need for cold-weather clothes

Consumer concerns dent November fashion spend, despite the need for cold-weather clothes

​UK consumer spending rose last month, but it didn’t manage to keep up with inflation so represented a drop in real terms, two key monthly surveys showed on Tuesday.
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Aromatherapy Associates launches new e-commerce platform

Aromatherapy Associates launches new e-commerce platform

British wellness brand Aromatherapy Associates is accelerating its global direct-to-consumer operations with a new webstore, having partnered with digital agency Astound Commerce for its creation.
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Carnaby launches online 360° experience for Christmas

Carnaby launches online 360° experience for Christmas

Carnaby is a major year-round draw for London visitors and shoppers, but it takes on an added significance during its renowned Christmas installations. And this year's lights celebrate moments from the past 25 years.
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UK retail lifted by stronger weekly footfall numbers

UK retail lifted by stronger weekly footfall numbers

​At last, some much-needed good news for UK retailers. Footfall rose 5.4% week-on-week across all UK retail destinations in the seven days to 3 December, said Springboard. Increases were seen across all key destinations.
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Amazon, M&S, Adidas top new survey-based retail performance index

Amazon, M&S, Adidas top new survey-based retail performance index

​Amazon, M&S and Adidas have emerged strongly from the newly-launched Retail Performance Index compiled by agency VCCP. It’s based on a survey of 3,000 consumers and looks at strength in “the buying moment”.
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Gen Z is fastest growing group of tax-free shoppers - Planet report

Gen Z is fastest growing group of tax-free shoppers - Planet report

​Tax-free shopping among Gen Z consumers is growing faster than for any other age group, new research from software and payments specialist Planet shows.
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Covent Garden's The Yards launches unique festive activation

Covent Garden's The Yards launches unique festive activation

It’s a UK retail first for The Yards. The newest shopping location in London’s Covent Garden has chosen pioneering geo-located technology for its ‘12 Drops of Christmas’ festive campaign.
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Pepco hits milestone with 3,000th store

Pepco hits milestone with 3,000th store

Quite a milestone for Pepco Group. No wonder it calls itself “the fast-growing" pan-European variety discount retailer having just opened its 3,000th Pepco store, in Berlin, with more in the pipeline.
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Sephora: Sarah Boyd appointed managing director UK

Sephora: Sarah Boyd appointed managing director UK

After the launch of Sephora's online store in the United Kingdom on October 17, Sarah Boyd was promoted to general manager of the selective perfume chain in the UK.
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Oh My Cream opens second London store

Oh My Cream opens second London store

Oh My Cream is continuing its international rollout with a second London store. On the King’s Road, it follows the beauty retailer expanding outside of France for the first time last month with its Notting Hill debut.
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