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Shaftesbury lease sign-ups show ability of West End to bounce back

Shaftesbury lease sign-ups show ability of West End to bounce back

London landlord Shaftesbury has delivered an impressive record in terms of attracting a host of new retailers and increasing footfall to its properties. it has signed over 60 new brands since 1 October 2020.
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December 25 'to see £1.2bn retail spend online' in UK

December 25 'to see £1.2bn retail spend online' in UK

​Christmas Day will be a major shopping day for Britons, ParcelHero claimed on Tuesday, with consumers set to spend £1.2 billion online.
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UK retail sales rise, fashion is key driver, say BRC and Barclaycard

UK retail sales rise, fashion is key driver, say BRC and Barclaycard

​More evidence came through on Tuesday showing that fashion was a key driver of retail spending in the UK last month. Two regular monthly reports (from the BRC and Barclaycard) called out fashion as a star category.
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London Designer Outlet sales and footfall recover, names new GM

London Designer Outlet sales and footfall recover, names new GM

​Thriving London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park is securely on the recovery trail as the centre “sees sales approach pre-pandemic levels, having taken on a raft of new brands over the course of the past two years."
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Electronic payments rule as cash-carrying narrows in UK - report

Electronic payments rule as cash-carrying narrows in UK - report

More than half of Britons (52%) now claim they never take notes or coins with them on routine trips, instead using their mobile phone to make payments, according to a nationwide survey. 
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F+F owner Tesco could face empty Christmas shelves in pay dispute

F+F owner Tesco could face empty Christmas shelves in pay dispute

Empty clothes rails, beauty and food shelves at Tesco could be a possibility if a strike at the supermarket giant’s warehouses can’t be averted. Over 1,000 distribution staff have voted to strike from December 16.
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West End footfall "flatlines" despite busy Saturday, other cities are weak

West End footfall "flatlines" despite busy Saturday, other cities are weak

​Footfall in London’s West End was flat in the week starting November 29, The New West End Company said on Monday. That was despite NWEC reporting a big week-on-week increase on Saturday.
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Malmö Designer Village planned for 2025 debut, to be Scandinavia's largest

Malmö Designer Village planned for 2025 debut, to be Scandinavia's largest

​Sweden is to host Scandinavia’s largest designer outlet village with the project’s first phase set to open in summer 2025 while phase two will follow in autumn 2027.
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Boohoo opens Debenhams beauty store in Manchester

Boohoo opens Debenhams beauty store in Manchester

The rebirth of Debenhams as a physical retailer has begun with the former department store banner debuting a one-off beauty flagship at Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre.
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Boots owner explores sale of UK beauty retailer

Boots owner explores sale of UK beauty retailer

​The owner of giant UK beauty and health chain Boots is reportedly thinking of selling the business, five years after it took full control of the firm.
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Ulta sales lifted by “resiliency” of beauty category

Ulta sales lifted by “resiliency” of beauty category

The Bolingbrook, Illinois-based cosmetics retailer revealed on Thursday that its net sales for the third quarter totaled $2.0 billion, up 28.6% from $1.6 billion in the same period in the previous year.
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Omicron variant to boost online festive sales says ParcelHero

Omicron variant to boost online festive sales says ParcelHero

​UK consumer concerns over the new Omicron coronavirus variant will mean there will be another £35 billion+ online spend this Christmas, predicts ParcelHero.
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Most Arcadia stores still empty, despite opening boom

Most Arcadia stores still empty, despite opening boom

​We may be seeing something of a mini store opening boom at the moment, but huge numbers of stores belonging to failed businesses remain empty and that can be seen clearly from the large number of vacant Arcadia sites.
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Thailand's Central denies Selfridges buy after report says it won £4bn race for firm

Thailand's Central denies Selfridges buy after report says it won £4bn race for firm

Thailand’s Central Group has denied it’s in talks to buy Selfridges after it was reported globally that the firm will buy the business, perhaps as soon as this month.
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India's Nykaa looks to triple store count in retail expansion, says CEO

India's Nykaa looks to triple store count in retail expansion, says CEO

Nykaa plans to more than triple its brick-and-mortar stores to 300, founder and Chief Executive Falguni Nayar said, significantly building its offline presence in the country.
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Malls and retail parks were Black Friday winners - Ipsos

Malls and retail parks were Black Friday winners - Ipsos

​Ease and buying in comfort played into the hands of shopping centres and retail parks when it came to Black Friday’s week-long shopping event, with both making the most of the cold weather.
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