Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was expected to send retail spending soaring by £195 million, but, independent fashion and apparel stores suffered a 24% decline in sales on Saturday, according to new research.
M&S had some good news Wednesday as it reported more customers, higher e-sales and improved Clothing & Home margins. But all other figures were poor as it spent heavily to force through the change it desperately needs.
British shoemaker Clarks will return to large-scale manufacturing in the UK for the first time in over a decade when a new factory in southwest England joins plants in Vietnam and India in making its iconic Desert Boot.
In another blow to the UK high street, Marks & Spencer has proposed more closures as part of its transformation strategy. Bayswater, Darlington, East Kilbride, Falkirk and Kettering will be amongst the towns affected.
It wasn't a great seven days for John Lewis with the week up to and including May 19 seeing its parent company's sales dipping 0.3% to £202.73 million, but the department store chain’s sales falling by as much as 6.3%.
Fashion lifestyle brand Joules said Tuesday that its non-executive Chairman Neil McCausland will step down on July 31 after more than five years on the board to be replaced by the current CEO of furniture chain DFS.