Long seen as a bellwether for the health of UK clothing retail, Next will post its annual trading figures on 1 April. And although they're expected to reveal slashed profits last year, the outlook's far from gloomy.
In a surprise move, one of the UK's most successful fashion retail giants, Next, said it would be buying a minority stake in one of the most respected mid-sized names, Reiss. And it could take a majority stake as well.
The coup in Myanmar is expected to dampen the already tepid interest of U.S. and Western companies in investing in Myanmar, and may prompt some big U.S. companies to pull out, trade experts and analysts said on Monday.
Sales and profits fell at joules in the half to the end of November, but its pre-tax profit was still higher than it had expected. And it had plenty of good news to share in its results announcement on Thursday.
Seasalt saw its sales jumping during the festive season even though it endured a 44% fall in sales through physical shops. Fortunately, its webstore easily made up for the shortfall with a 95% increase.