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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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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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UK's competition body investigates Richemont-Farfetch deal for YNAP

UK's competition body investigates Richemont-Farfetch deal for YNAP

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is looking into Farfetch’s purchase of a stake in Yoox Net-A-Porter, owned by Swiss luxury goods group Richemont, claiming it might reduce competition in the UK market.
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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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LVMH, L'Oréal, Shiseido said to be vying to buy stake in Aesop

LVMH, L'Oréal, Shiseido said to be vying to buy stake in Aesop

According to Bloomberg, LVMH, L'Oréal and Japanese group Shiseido are competing to buy a stake in Aesop, the much sought-after premium beauty brand owned by Brazilian group Natura & Co.
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Tesco buys failed Paperchase brand, stores to close

Tesco buys failed Paperchase brand, stores to close

​Supermarkets giant Tesco said on Tuesday it had purchased the Paperchase brand and its intellectual property following the gifts and stationery retailer going into administration.
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Farfetch, Outlier Ventures accept entries for next Dream Assembly Base Camp

Farfetch, Outlier Ventures accept entries for next Dream Assembly Base Camp

Farfetch said this week that it — along with partner Outlier Ventures (a global Web3 accelerator and investor) — has opened applications for Dream Assembly Base Camp Cohort Two taking place from April
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London's Oxford Street saw major revival over festive period

London's Oxford Street saw major revival over festive period

​The festive shopping season in the UK saw a noticeable revival of consumers visiting physical stores as they discovered the joys of shopping face-to-face. And that seems to have benefited London's Oxford Street. 
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London-based Emperia gets £10m to boost metaverse e-tail

London-based Emperia gets £10m to boost metaverse e-tail

​London-based software start-up Emporia has raised over £10 million of expansion funding “to reimagine the e-commerce space”. It’s aiming to bring retail into the metaverse by providing the tech to build virtual stores.
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