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Kohl's slashes 2022 forecasts as inflation squeezes demand

Kohl's slashes 2022 forecasts as inflation squeezes demand

​Kohl's Corp cut its full-year sales and profit forecasts on Thursday, squeezed by steep discounts and higher costs amid dwindling demand for clothing and shoes in the face of high inflation, sending its shares down 5%.
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Frasers Group aims to buy MySale as it expands abroad

Frasers Group aims to buy MySale as it expands abroad

​Frasers Group has made a cash offer to buy MySale Group, the flash sale business in which it already has a substantial stake.
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Walmart explores matchmaker marketplace for social media influencers

Walmart explores matchmaker marketplace for social media influencers

​Walmart may launch a platform that will use social media influencers to help the retailer and its 100,000 third-party sellers promote their goods and services online, according to trademark filings.
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Irish consumer sentiment hovers at 22-month low in August

Irish consumer sentiment hovers at 22-month low in August

 Irish consumer sentiment slipped marginally to hover at a 22-month low in August as respondents said they expected to further cut back on major purchases in the coming months, a survey showed on Thursday.
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UK inflation hits double digits, highest since 1982

UK inflation hits double digits, highest since 1982

British consumer price inflation jumped to 10.1% in July, its highest since February 1982, up from an annual rate of 9.4% in June, intensifying the squeeze on households, official figures showed on Wednesday.
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Walmart sees smaller profit drop as discounts draw shoppers, but clothing struggles

Walmart sees smaller profit drop as discounts draw shoppers, but clothing struggles

​Walmart nudged up its annual profit forecast on August 16, partly reversing a hefty recent cut, as discounts to clear excess merchandise and lower fuel prices helped it beat expectations for quarterly sales.
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ABG to buy Ted Baker for £211m, will restructure firm and target US growth

ABG to buy Ted Baker for £211m, will restructure firm and target US growth

​Ted Baker and Authentic Brands Group announced on August 16 that ABG will be buying the British fashion retailer for an agreed price of around £211m ($254m). It will mean a major push into North America for the label.
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Joules names Jonathon Brown as new CEO

Joules names Jonathon Brown as new CEO

​Lifestyle retailer Joules said it has found a new CEO to replace Nick Jones. Jonathon Brown will join on 7 September 2022 and will take over fully at the end of next month “following a short handover period”.
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Starboard slashes stake in Kohl's after seeking to buy it in January

Starboard slashes stake in Kohl's after seeking to buy it in January

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value, which had offered to buy Kohl's Corp for roughly $9bn early this year, slashed its stake in the department store by more than 80% in Q2, according to a regulatory filing.
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Tophsop founder and ex-Debenhams chief Halpern dies

Tophsop founder and ex-Debenhams chief Halpern dies

​British retail titan Sir Ralph Halpern has died at the age of 83. The executive, who launched the Topshop chain and once ran Debenhams, was one of the highest-profile retailers during the Thatcher era in the 1980s.
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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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Walmart's long-lasting challenge: luring budget shoppers back to its stores

Walmart's long-lasting challenge: luring budget shoppers back to its stores

Walmart Inc could face an uphill battle to reclaim U.S. shoppers who opted for the neighborhood dollar store or Aldi rather than driving farther to a Walmart Supercenter when gasoline was $5 a gallon.
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UK shoppers surprisingly ready to spend during heatwave, fashion stays strong

UK shoppers surprisingly ready to spend during heatwave, fashion stays strong

Hot weather drove Britons to buy summer fashion, as well as outdoor goods, in July. But they also reined-in spending on foreign travel and eating out as the cost-of-living squeeze made itself felt, two surveys show.
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Shopify merchant growth falters as weak consumer spending hits businesses

Shopify merchant growth falters as weak consumer spending hits businesses

​Businesses stung by rising costs and lower consumer spending are shying away from Shopify's platform, creating a roadblock in its plan to fix past missteps in overestimating e-commerce demand.
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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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