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Wembley Park and London Designer Outlet see summer trading boom

Wembley Park and London Designer Outlet see summer trading boom

​Summer was a good time for London Designer Outlet and for businesses in the Wembley Park neighbourhood as the return of live concerts drove massive footfall to the area.
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Nigel Oddy is new interim CEO of up-for-sale Matalan

Nigel Oddy is new interim CEO of up-for-sale Matalan

​Matalan has named former New Look chief executive Nigel Oddy as its interim CEO as the company’s process to sell itself begins.
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Harrods boosts beauty with launch of rewards programme

Harrods boosts beauty with launch of rewards programme

Rewards programmes are not exclusively reserved for mainstream retail. Luxury retailer Harrods has launched ‘MyBeauty from Harrods Rewards’, a specifically curated programme for its beauty customers.
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Retailers push for VAT-free shopping return to be fast-tracked

Retailers push for VAT-free shopping return to be fast-tracked

​The UK retail euphoria around news that VAT-free shopping for tourists is returning and will include EU visitors has been tempered by suggestions it won’t happen until 2024. But retail is pushing for an earlier date.
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Estée Lauder to launch Balmain Beauty, new license and more added to Jessel's role

Estée Lauder to launch Balmain Beauty, new license and more added to Jessel's role

​Estée Lauder has a major fashion label license to add to its portfolio. It has announced a license deal with Balmain for “an innovative line of beauty products to speak to luxury consumers around the world”.
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Frasers acquires more MySale shares, makes mandatory cash offer

Frasers acquires more MySale shares, makes mandatory cash offer

​Frasers Group had an update on its offer to buy MySale on Monday with some shareholders accepting its offer, despite the board having rebuffed it.
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Christmas not what it used to be says Springboard as footfall will be weak

Christmas not what it used to be says Springboard as footfall will be weak

​The Christmas season should usually be the busiest period of the year for physical retailers — especially now, after several years affected by Covid. But this year might not be the bonanza stores hope for.
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Unilever CEO to quit next year, successor search starts

Unilever CEO to quit next year, successor search starts

​There was big news from Unilever on Monday as its CEO Alan Jope announced that he’s quitting at the end of next year after five years at the helm.
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UK retail sales plummet in September, etail also continues to suffer - CBI

UK retail sales plummet in September, etail also continues to suffer - CBI

Retail sales volumes fell at a “considerable rate” in September after posting strong growth in August. What’s more the decline in sales is expected to continue next month, albeit at a slower pace, according to the CBI.
Fashion
UK consumer confidence hits new low in August - GfK

UK consumer confidence hits new low in August - GfK

An already bruised consumer confidence took a further hit in September, tumbling to a new low.. And with the Bank of England now suggesting the UK has tipped into recession, expect further dips to come.
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Skinnydip London links with Wunderkind to boost DTC

Skinnydip London links with Wunderkind to boost DTC

British lifestyle and fashion brand Skinnydip London said it has enhanced its direct-to-consumer operations by partnering with Wunderkind and, specifically, accessing its performance marketing engine.
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UK to launch VAT-free shopping for all overseas tourists as mini-budget is unveiled

UK to launch VAT-free shopping for all overseas tourists as mini-budget is unveiled

​In what has been called a ‘mini budget’, the UK government on Friday not only said that it would bring back VAT-free shopping for tourists to Britain but that it would be a better system than the one abolished in 2021.
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Small and vintage business numbers surge

Small and vintage business numbers surge

​The number of small, independent fashion business — as well as those selling secondhand clothing — has surged in the UK in the past year, new data shows. 
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M&S increases pay again in face of cost-of-living crisis

M&S increases pay again in face of cost-of-living crisis

M&S has set out a £15 million package to support its front-line workers in the cost-of-living crisis, introduced an additional autumn pay review for the first time, while extending wide-ranging wellbeing benefits.
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Xydrobe to launch 'world’s first luxury VR shopping universe'

Xydrobe to launch 'world’s first luxury VR shopping universe'

It’s going to be the “world’s first luxury virtual reality shopping universe”, we’re told. And although the so-called Xydrobe universe doesn’t officially open until 2023, it has just started taking registrations.
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Dior links with Harrods for Christmas celebration

Dior links with Harrods for Christmas celebration

​With the key festive selling season looming, Dior has announced that it’s paying “tribute to the unbreakable ties it has woven with Harrods over nearly 70 years, and to Christian Dior’s love of Christmas celebrations”. 
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