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Expect stronger Black Friday footfall than final Christmas week, predicts Springboard

Expect stronger Black Friday footfall than final Christmas week, predicts Springboard

With supply chain issues to the fore, if you want to know what the footfall forecasts are for UK retail in the critical six-week period covering Black Friday, Christmas, and post-Christmas periods, read on.
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Omnichannel: retailers and shoppers have different expectations says Klarna

Omnichannel: retailers and shoppers have different expectations says Klarna

​Be warned. A hefty 60% of shoppers say that a poor experience on any retail channel will make them less likely to shop again with a brand, according to research from buy-now-pay-later financier Klarna.
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Swimwear was big, TV key fashion influencer in last year - John Lewis report

Swimwear was big, TV key fashion influencer in last year - John Lewis report

​The latest edition of John Lewis’s annual lifestyle report, Shop, Live, Look 2021, shows UK consumers adapting to lockdowns and more hours spent watching TV influenced fashion choices.
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UK retail sales growth weakened in September

UK retail sales growth weakened in September

Clothing spend rose last month but the UK retail sector remains on a knife-edge with consumer confidence weak and supply chain issues a big worry, the monthly Barclaycard and BRC reports showed on Tuesday.
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French Connection recovery begins, sells more full-price product

French Connection recovery begins, sells more full-price product

​French Connection on Tuesday released what we assume will be its last set of results before it’s sold, and they showed the start of a recovery. But its performance is still far from its glory days earlier this century.
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Why visiting Thierry Mugler: Couturissime is essential

Why visiting Thierry Mugler: Couturissime is essential

Ever since it opened during last month fashionistas, fans and tourists have chorused that the retrospective Thierry Mugler: Couturissime inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is essential viewing.
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Cost-cutting Hammerson's MD Bourgeois "to depart", will cut HQ jobs - report

Cost-cutting Hammerson's MD Bourgeois "to depart", will cut HQ jobs - report

​Hammerson’s UK and Ireland managing director Mark Bourgeois is preparing to leave as the heavily-indebted commercial property giant plans to cut up to 40 head office jobs in order to reduce costs, a report claims.
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Carnaby boost music links further with John Lennon sculpture installation

Carnaby boost music links further with John Lennon sculpture installation

​Using retail areas as more than just places for stores in order to draw in more consumers has long been a strong initiative from Shaftesbury. And a particular focus has been music links when it comes to Carnaby Street.
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Pepco Group names MD Trevor Masters as COO

Pepco Group names MD Trevor Masters as COO

UK-based Pepco Group is on a fast track to expansion and the pan-European discount retailer has a new chief operating officer to speed up the process. Trevor Masters is being promoted on 1 January from MD of Pepco.
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Swirl video shopping platform raises new cash

Swirl video shopping platform raises new cash

​Live video shopping software as a service (SaaS) platform Swirl has raised $250,000 in a pre-seed funding round to support the firm's bid “to make e-commerce more engaging and human".
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Understanding in-store customer behaviour digitally is key to success says report

Understanding in-store customer behaviour digitally is key to success says report

​So what is the future of physical stores’ success in the fast-changing digitalised UK retail landscape? Having the technology to capture customer preferences and behaviours in-store, claims a report by Mercaux.
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Hyve Group's strong Q4 performance shows events have bounced back

Hyve Group's strong Q4 performance shows events have bounced back

With the events industry bouncing back from the dark days of Covid, Hyve Group has also returned to delivering a strong performance in the final quarter of its fiscal year, it said Thursday.
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'Steady September’ saved by staycations, start of return to offices - Springboard

'Steady September’ saved by staycations, start of return to offices - Springboard

The signs are looking good. UK retail footfall “surprisingly" continued to strengthen in September, boosted by a slow return to office working together with the beginnings of the return of overseas tourists.
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Progress on more turnover-based rents held back by trust issues - report

Progress on more turnover-based rents held back by trust issues - report

The increasing move towards turnover-based commercial property leases for retail has hit a stumbling block — trust. That's despite this form of leasing being seen as better suited to the operational needs of retailers.
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Debenhams launches giant marketplace as it targets fast growth

Debenhams launches giant marketplace as it targets fast growth

​Debenhams has announced that it has become the UK’s largest marketplace across fashion, beauty, sport and homeware by launching a new platform powered by major SaaS provider Mirakl.
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Amazon opens first non-food UK store at Bluewater

Amazon opens first non-food UK store at Bluewater

Amazon has opened its first UK non-food store with a debut at Bluewater in Kent. Although not selling fashion for now, it’s a strong signal of the retailer’s ambitions in physical retail for multiple product categories.
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