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'Tale of two Christmases' as consumer incomes boom or bust says eBay

'Tale of two Christmases' as consumer incomes boom or bust says eBay

​UK retailers can expect a “tale of two Christmases” this year. According to eBay UK, personal finances will play a major part in consumer choices as the lasting effects of the pandemic will divide spending patterns.
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Oxford Circus Piazza plan cancelled after Marble Arch Mound fiasco

Oxford Circus Piazza plan cancelled after Marble Arch Mound fiasco

​Plans to create two temporary pedestrian piazzas on either side of London’s Oxford Circus before Christmas have been "shelved" by Westminster City Council.
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UK department stores struggled last month but clothing sector stayed positive

UK department stores struggled last month but clothing sector stayed positive

August retail sales volumes surprisingly fell, on a month-on-month basis, in Britain the ONS said Friday. Volumes were down by 0.9%, with non-food store sales volumes down 1%, driven by a 3.7% fall at department stores
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Hut Group sales soar again, THG Beauty to be listed separately

Hut Group sales soar again, THG Beauty to be listed separately

The Hut Group continued to go from strength to strength in the first half of the year with group revenue rising almost 45% to £958.8 million year-on-year, and rising 95% compared to the first six months of 2019 (2YoY).
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John Lewis sales improve but profits remain muted

John Lewis sales improve but profits remain muted

John Lewis Partnership’s half-year report on Thursday showed an improvement on the prior-year period but its results were still far below some of the figures it produced just a few years ago.
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John Lewis Partnership adds 7,000 temporary festive season roles

John Lewis Partnership adds 7,000 temporary festive season roles

​In an optimistic outlook for the upcoming Christmas trading period, The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is to recruit more than 7,000 temporary seasonal staff across the country — 2,000 more than last year.
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FatFace finance chief steps up as CEO Evans moves on to lead George at Asda

FatFace finance chief steps up as CEO Evans moves on to lead George at Asda

FatFace CEO Liz Evans is to join Asda as MD of its George unit, a move widely rumoured since the summer. Meanwhile, The FatFace Group has named Will Crumbie as its CEO, moving up immediately from his current CFO post.
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H&M Q3 sales rise, now back at 2019 levels

H&M Q3 sales rise, now back at 2019 levels

H&M Group’s Q3 sales rose 14% year-on-year (YoY), the Swedish fashion retail giant said on Wednesday. That said, the figure was in local currencies and when converted to Swedish Krona, the rise was only 9%.
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Inditex is "early winner" in post-Covid world as sales bounce back

Inditex is "early winner" in post-Covid world as sales bounce back

Fashion retail giant Inditex said on Wednesday that its recovery is continuing to gain momentum with its sales, EBITDA and net income in the second quarter of its financial year reaching "historic highs”.
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Black Friday Barometer shows negative feelings among UK consumers

Black Friday Barometer shows negative feelings among UK consumers

​There are a lot of unhappy UK consumers who don’t feel Black Friday/Cyber Monday (BF/CM) discounts are all they’re cracked up to be. In fact, nine negative views are revealed in the 'Discounting Playbook' report.
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Shopping centres struggle to atract consumers in latest week

Shopping centres struggle to atract consumers in latest week

Footfall across UK retail destinations dipped 4.2% week-on-week in the seven-day 5-11 September period, with shopping centres and retail parks bearing the brunt of the decline, latest Springboard figures show.
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Yuki Xu from RISD wins Supima Design Competition 2021

Yuki Xu from RISD wins Supima Design Competition 2021

Yuki Xu from the Rhode Island School of Design has won this year’s design award of Supima, the cashmere of cotton, in an award ceremony compered by Law Roach.
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Fashion, luxury labels tap Milan Furniture Fair to showcase new projects

Fashion, luxury labels tap Milan Furniture Fair to showcase new projects

Shying away from the oversize installations of previous editions, luxury labels like Gucci, Off-White and Givenchy took advantage of the Milan Design Week to showcase an array of new projects and offbeat initiatives.
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Hope for city centre retail as office workers return

Hope for city centre retail as office workers return

City centre retail has suffered from the pandemic as tourists haven’t returned in large numbers and office workers stay home. But there’s  hope, with signs of office workers returning to semi-normal working patterns.
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UK consumers are becoming mindful shoppers say BFC and Clearpay

UK consumers are becoming mindful shoppers say BFC and Clearpay

The UK is becoming a nation of “mindful shoppers”, a new report commissioned from Oxford Economics by the British Fashion Council and buy-now-pay-later giant Clearpay shows.
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Barnsley's Glass Works launches,  new stores start a phased opening programme

Barnsley's Glass Works launches, new stores start a phased opening programme

Major Barnsley public space and retail development, The Glass Works Square, has opened with a big event featuring various local dignitaries reflecting the importance of the site to the town.
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