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Primark creates customer chief role, names Michelle McEttrick to post

Primark creates customer chief role, names Michelle McEttrick to post

​Primark has named Michelle McEttrick to the new Chief Customer Officer role, “to develop the Primark brand and customer strategy as the business continues its expansion across new markets, channels and products”.
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Most US consumers reluctant to spend due to inflation, but still buying office-wear

Most US consumers reluctant to spend due to inflation, but still buying office-wear

Around four out of five consumers (80 per cent) in the US say that they are less confident about spending, while 62 per cent of them believe that the county is currently experiencing a recession.
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Fashion innovator Issey Miyake dies at 84

Fashion innovator Issey Miyake dies at 84

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, whose global career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 84 of cancer, it emerged on August 9.
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Abercrombie & Fitch reveals new "getaway-inspired" store design concept

Abercrombie & Fitch reveals new "getaway-inspired" store design concept

​Abercrombie & Fitch on August 8 announced a “refreshing new store experience inspired by the brand’s intention of making every day feel as exceptional as the start of a long weekend”. 
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Holzweiler gets Sequoia Capital investment boost, targets China, US and UK growth

Holzweiler gets Sequoia Capital investment boost, targets China, US and UK growth

​Norwegian fashion and lifestyle label Holzweiler has entered a “strategic partnership” with Sequoia Capital China, the latter having made a “significant investment” in the family-owned firm.
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M&S named official tailor of England football teams

M&S named official tailor of England football teams

UK’s Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that it is the official tailor to the England senior men’s and football teams and the cup-winning women's team.
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Uniqlo's sister brand GU to open first Western store via US pop-up

Uniqlo's sister brand GU to open first Western store via US pop-up

Fast Retailing’s brand GU is targeting international growth and will open its first US store this fall. The company said it will debut in Soho, New York, and this “marks the first time the brand launches in the West”.
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Rocky Brands reports $162m net sales in Q2

Rocky Brands reports $162m net sales in Q2

Rocky Brands' Q2 saw net sales up 23.1% to $162 million in Q2 2022 compared with $131.6 million in Q2 2021. Wholesale for Q2 increased 29.7% to $131.2m.
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Finland’s Marimekko to launch marketplace for second-hand goods

Finland’s Marimekko to launch marketplace for second-hand goods

Finnish lifestyle design company Marimekko is planning to launch a community-driven marketplace for its vintage and second-hand goods, Marimekko Pre-loved, on August 25.
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Adidas posts 28% decline in Q2 operating profit despite sales increase

Adidas posts 28% decline in Q2 operating profit despite sales increase

​Adidas on August 4 said operating profit fell by 28% in Q2 to €392 million, as results suffered from it suspending business in Russia, higher supply chain costs and COVID-19 lockdowns in China and Vietnam.
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UK retailer Next lifts outlook on strong clothing demand

UK retailer Next lifts outlook on strong clothing demand

​Retailer Next, a mainstay of Britain's shopping streets, defied the economic gloom on Thursday to lift its full-year sales and profit forecasts after warm weather in June and July spurred better-than-expected trade.
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Zalando EBIT drops, but firm is upbeat as it adapts to current conditions

Zalando EBIT drops, but firm is upbeat as it adapts to current conditions

​After some disappointment in June as it downgraded guidance, on August 4 Zalando had better news. It “expects improved profitability and a return to growth in the second half”.
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Eurozone retail sales drop more than expected in June as prices rise

Eurozone retail sales drop more than expected in June as prices rise

Euro zone retail sales plunged more than expected in June as prices at factory gates continued to rise, data showed Wednesday, signalling a weakness in consumer demand that could herald a recession in H2.
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Russians flock to H&M as fashion retailer opens stores to sell inventory

Russians flock to H&M as fashion retailer opens stores to sell inventory

A long queue of Russians snaked through a Moscow shopping centre on Tuesday, waiting to get into H&M as the fashion retailer flung open its doors for a final time to sell inventory before making a full exit from Russia.
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Polish clothing retailer LPP launches logistics business

Polish clothing retailer LPP launches logistics business

Polish apparel company LPP has launched a new business to manage the retailer's logistics network, starting in August, the company said on Tuesday.
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Pittards acquires luxury bag label Hill & Friends, Emma Hill to be consultant

Pittards acquires luxury bag label Hill & Friends, Emma Hill to be consultant

​Leather materials and leathergoods specialist Pittards has acquired the brand and assets of Hill & Friends Limited, the contemporary luxury bag brand founded by Emma Hill and Georgia Fendley.
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