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Selfridges and Primark magnate W. Galen Weston dies

Selfridges and Primark magnate W. Galen Weston dies

​W. Galen Weston, patriarch of one of Canada’s wealthiest families and retail titan, has died at age 80, according to a statement by the family on Tuesday.
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Clothing strength continues online, but year-on-year comparisons are easy

Clothing strength continues online, but year-on-year comparisons are easy

​Online sales continued to grow in the UK during March with a 71.7% year-on-year increase, although given how much of a shock to the system the first lockdown was in March 2020, the strength of the rise was no surprise.
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Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Singapore-based specialist in the digitisation of retail brands, Trax has announced that it has raised funds totalling €539 million ($640 million) which it will use to develop its services for retailers.
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Shoppers in England and Wales flock to physical stores on reopening day

Shoppers in England and Wales flock to physical stores on reopening day

They’re back! Shoppers were out in full force up and down the high streets and shopping centres of England and Wales for the grand reopening of non-essential retail on Monday (12 April).
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Return to offices in UK should boost beauty sector

Return to offices in UK should boost beauty sector

The reopening of non-essential shops in much of the UK on April 12 and workers back in their offices mark a big step in the return to normality. It seems that key product categories are likely to benefit.
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Many Britons to stick to lockdown spending habits - survey

Many Britons to stick to lockdown spending habits - survey

​News to dampen non-essential retail reopening day enthusiasm. Don’t expect those who’ve saved money over the past year to hit the spend, spend, spend button.
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Hammerson prepares to sell UK retail parks portfolio to Canada’s Brookfield

Hammerson prepares to sell UK retail parks portfolio to Canada’s Brookfield

Hammerson is selling its UK retail parks to Canadian private equity firm Brookfield for around £350 million, according to one report. However, on Monday, Hammerson said any deal is far from being sealed. 
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Brief return: Debenhams stores to reopen… for closing-down sale

Brief return: Debenhams stores to reopen… for closing-down sale

Debenhams hasn’t disappeared from the high streets quite yet. Many of the almost-100 department stores still in existence will reopen for up to 33 days from 12 April, offering deep discounts to clear stock.
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Game-changing new Frasers store set for for Monday debut

Game-changing new Frasers store set for for Monday debut

​As shops in England return on Monday, Frasers Group will open a milestone development. It’s the first brand-new Frasers store in the UK with a debut in Wolverhampton. 
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Students to lead rush back to shops next week, fitting rooms are key - report

Students to lead rush back to shops next week, fitting rooms are key - report

​Young consumers could be among those to most enthusiastically embrace a return to physical shopping next week, despite this consumer group also being the most comfortable with shopping online. 
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March footfall bodes well for stores' comeback - Springboard

March footfall bodes well for stores' comeback - Springboard

Pent-up demand to shop in a real store is simmering nicely and provides optimism for a bounceback from 12 April’s reopening. That’s the less-than-surprising view from the Springboard Footfall Monitor, released Thursday.
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Retailers say no thanks to Covid status certificates

Retailers say no thanks to Covid status certificates

​UK retailers seem to be unenthusiastic about the British government’s idea of Covid status certificates to allow people to enter certain locations. 
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ASOS has stellar first half, Topshop integration a global success

ASOS has stellar first half, Topshop integration a global success

​ASOS released its interim results on Thursday and the fashion e-tail giant confirmed just how strong it is, as its own brands and Arcadia labels boomed. It saw sales rising globally and profits soared.
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UK Easter footfall better than predicted as weekly retail visits rise again

UK Easter footfall better than predicted as weekly retail visits rise again

Predictions of poor Easter Weekend retail footfall ahead of the reopening of non-essential retail on 12 April were wide of the mark as activity across all destinations for the latest week increased again, figures show.
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Fenwick expects good reopening but slow recovery, sees opportunities ahead

Fenwick expects good reopening but slow recovery, sees opportunities ahead

​As Fenwick prepares to reopen, its CEO has predicted “ a good opening, but a slow recovery as well”. Yet overall, he’s confident it's on the right track and can do well in the changed retail world of the future.
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UK pandemic retail: 15k+ stores lost, 190k jobs gone - report

UK pandemic retail: 15k+ stores lost, 190k jobs gone - report

The number of UK jobs and stores lost in pandemic-hit retail continues to rise. Since non-essential stores were first forced to close a year ago, almost 190,000 jobs have gone and 15,153 stores have closed, figures show.
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