Next week sees 57 retailers make their debut in Birmingham, as the UK's second city makes its bid for retail premiership status with the opening of the new Bullring development. The redevelopment of the Bullring on the site of Birmingham's traditional market centre, is a sign of the city's ambition […]

Fear of crime, lack of funds, and concerns about attracting enough customers are driving the UK's next generation of retailers away from the high street and onto the internet. A study commissioned by e-commerce software developer Actinic claims that budding retailers are scared of physical crime and […]

Italian luxury goods company Salvatore Ferragamo will open its two-storey flagship store in New York's Fifth Avenue on 12 September 2003, Ansa said. The store will offer Ferragamo menswear, womenswear and the new childrenswear collection.

Australian surf and snow wear producer Billabong International Ltd this week posted a 25 per cent jump in full year net profit from the year-ago period as it rode a strong sales wave at home and abroad. The company reported a net profit for the year ended June 30 of A$76.3 million versus A$61m last […]

Strong spring 04 collections, a bout of glorious weather and good sell-throughs produced a buoyant mood among buyers at Pure last week. Some claimed it was the best Pure in its six-year history. Pure has a creative edge that is unmatched by other trade fairs. Many exhibitors produce contemporary and […]

John Lewis is to open a full-line department store in Manchester's Trafford Centre in 2005. The 200,000sq ft store will trade over two floors in the Festival Village area of the centre, currently occupied by small independents. The Trafford Centre said some of the existing retailers may be relocated […]

At the height of its popularity in the 60s, Pucci's trademark geometric prints were all the rage. Worn by Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, they were hottest brand among the international jetset. Apollo 15 astronauts carried the Italian designer's colorful patterns into space, and, legend has it, Marilyn […]

Classic English footwear company RE Tricker, which owns the brand Trickers, reported sales of GBP1.13m for the year ended December 31 2002 against GBP1.19m for the previous year. Pre-tax profits dropped 60 per cent to GBP104,910 for the same period.

Discount clothing retailer Matalan is to trial a smaller store format which would enable it to bring its merchandise to the UK high street. A trial shop will open in Portadown, Northern Ireland in October. It will stock only clothing, spotlighting Matalan brands such as Easy and Lee Cooper. Matalan's […]

Peter Jones, as part of the second phase in its £100m refurbishment project, has reopened its Cadogan Gardens store section. The Sloane Square department store, part of John Lewis chain, is showing a new face for its menswear, lingerie, linens, audio & TV, lighting and babywear departments. […]

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