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. […]

Retailer Gap stated it plans to close about 150 stores this year, 15 more than previously planned, and open about 125. Store openings will focus on Gap's US Old Navy chain, with closures to include more of the core Gap stores. At the start of this month, Swedish retailer H&M formerly took possession […]

What does Tony Blair have in common with a shop selling sexy underwear? They are both cool, apparently, sharing that indefinable quality that unites Scrabble with VW Beetles and Converse trainers with Wagamama's noodle soup. A new book, Cool BrandLeaders, attempts to list Britain's coolest brands - […]

Retail sales fell only slightly in July from the previous month's blistering pace, official figures showed today. Sales dropped by 0.4% in July, the office for national statistics (ONS) reported, leaving them 4.4% higher than a year earlier. A drop was on the cards after surprisingly strong sales in […]

Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. said its net income rose, but earnings per common share halved due to costs related to its Calvin Klein acquisition, preferred dividend expenses and an increase in the number of shares outstanding. For the second quarter the company posted earnings of $9 million compared with […]

Escada has secured bank funding until the end of 2006, boosting investor confidence in the company, which is fighting flagging demand for its upmarket clothes. Shares in the German fashion house gained more than 6 per cent on news that its banks had agreed to maintain existing credit lines until the […]

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