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Amazon to shed unused UK warehouse space - report

Amazon to shed unused UK warehouse space - report

There was a time when warehousing in the UK was in short supply as the e-commerce boom shifted up several gears. No longer, it seems.
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Seven Dials start-up winner Kati Kaia opens pop-up store

Seven Dials start-up winner Kati Kaia opens pop-up store

London-centric property giant Shaftesbury has announced wellbeing brand Kati Kaia has opened a five-month pop up store in its successful Seven Dials region of Covent Garden. 
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Studio Retail CEO exits, insider becomes MD

Studio Retail CEO exits, insider becomes MD

​Studio Retail’s CEO has exited the business almost a year after it was snapped up by Frasers Group in a rescue deal.
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Hong Kong retail sales rise in Dec, inbound tourism brightens outlook

Hong Kong retail sales rise in Dec, inbound tourism brightens outlook

Hong Kong's retail sales rose in December as economic sentiment improved alongside further relaxation of social distancing measures, the government said on Friday.
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Freemans reports buoyant Christmas, Julien Macdonald collab is "standout" success

Freemans reports buoyant Christmas, Julien Macdonald collab is "standout" success

​Freemans said on Friday that it had “a cracker of a Christmas” with sales in the eight weeks to the end of the year up as much as 23%. Its customer numbers also topped a million, which was up 65% from two years ago.
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UK retail footfall recovery continues as office workers boost high streets on weekdays

UK retail footfall recovery continues as office workers boost high streets on weekdays

​Footfall to UK retail destinations was up 12.5% in January, according to the latest BRC-Sensormatic IQ data. But while it rose, it was 2.6 percentage points down on December.
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Big change at John Lewis sees customer director stepping down

Big change at John Lewis sees customer director stepping down

​There are big changes happening in John Lewis Partnership’s customer service capability, with the UK retail giant announcing new investment in its brands, data and technology “to give even more value to customers”.
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H&M to close four regional UK stores

H&M to close four regional UK stores

Global fashion giant H&M is planning to shutter four of its regional UK stores, citing a “rapid change” in customer behaviour. Stores in Hartlepool, Maidenhead, Newport on the Isle of Wight and Burton are set to close.
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Very expands Everyday own brand with 900 more products

Very expands Everyday own brand with 900 more products

How successful has The Very Group’s Everyday range been? Enough to expand the collection with more than 900 new fashion and home products “following strong customer demand since it launched in summer 2022”.
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Ginori 1735 names Jake Gyllenhaal as face of its 2023 campaign

Ginori 1735 names Jake Gyllenhaal as face of its 2023 campaign

The Kering-owned brand has tapped actor Jake Gyllenhaal to front its 2023/2024 global advertising campaign, shot by Gray Sorrenti and set to be released in May. 
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Matalan chair is out as leadership shake-up begins

Matalan chair is out as leadership shake-up begins

A new broom is expected to sweep in at Matalan following the acquisition of the fashion and lifestyle retailer last month, with interim chairman Tim Isaacs the first casualty.
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Landlord Shaftesbury links with Good On You for West End sustainability drive

Landlord Shaftesbury links with Good On You for West End sustainability drive

Central London commercial property landlord Shaftesbury is to partner with Good On You, fashion’s source for brand sustainability ratings.
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Mallet links with Transport for London on footwear capsule

Mallet links with Transport for London on footwear capsule

Some fashion collaborations aren’t that immediately obvious. Take premium British brand Mallet London which has partnered with Transport for London (TfL), to produce a limited edition capsule footwear collection.
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THG partners And Digital to scale and accelerate Ingenuity offer

THG partners And Digital to scale and accelerate Ingenuity offer

​THG Ingenuity has inked a strategic alliance with And Digital, the software engineering firm, “to accelerate digital transformation, help brands bridge the digital skills gap and unlock the potential of commerce tech”.
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Shop price inflation rises again but fashion is down due to clearance sales

Shop price inflation rises again but fashion is down due to clearance sales

​Shop price inflation continues to rise, despite hopes that it would begin to ease soon. The latest BRC-NielsenIQ Shop price Index for January showed it acerbating to 8% from 7.3% in December.
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Frasers set to launch own-brand BNPL app - report

Frasers set to launch own-brand BNPL app - report

Frasers Group is understood to be rolling out its own buy-now/pay-later (BNPL) offer as part of an own-brand, standalone financial package scheme. 
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