New Look has seen the benefits of the recent improvement in the UK retail market, with positive like-for-like sales in the seven weeks to July 12. UK sales were up 0.1 per cent over the seven weeks, compared to a 6.6 per cent fal in the eight weeks to May 24. Total UK sales for the most recent seven […]

The European Commission has called for VAT to be imposed on children's clothes and shoes in Britain.These are, along with books and newspapers, among the goods at the moment exempt from this type of taxes. The scheme unveiled yesterday is part of the continuing attempt by Brussels to force through tax […]

Marks and Spencer's pay bill for its directors jumped more than 14 per cent to GBP 7.29m last year. Vittorio Radice, the former man behind Selfridges, was paid GBP 1.2m in the year to March 29. The other big winner in the pay stakes were Luc Vandevelde, the chairman who became non-executive during the […]

Who can forget the controversial ads from Benetton, whose provocative images and poignant social messages turned it into one of the world's best-known brands. Unfortunately, savvy publicity is no longer enough to keep it interesting to consumers. With companies like Top Shop, Zara and Hennes & Mauritz […]

Rose Marie Bravo, chief executive at luxury goods group Burberry took home GBP 5.74m in payments last year. That makes her one of Britain's best paid women. Bravo was entitled to an additional 100 per cent of her $1.5m basic salary in bonuses based on performance, but missed targets and made $1.3m instead. […]

Tommy Hilfiger, the troubled clothing group, is understood to be in talks to merge with The Sweetface Fashion Company, the Jennifer Lopez clothing range. It has not been a good year for Hilfiger as the company suffered losses of around GBP 307m due in part to its flailing US wholesaling operation. A […]

High street sales jumped in June, according to the monthly British Retail Consortium and KPMG retail sales monitor. The upbeat message from the high street will be reinforced on Wednesday when Marks & Spencer is expected to announce that it has reversed a recent decline in clothing sales. Philip […]

Asda is to take its value brand George to the high street. The supermarket giant is planning to open two George stores this autumn, followed by a national roll-out if successful. The stores will see the complete range of the George brand, including men's, women's and children's wear, as well as accessories, […]

Pringle is to launch its first full accessories collection, coming full circle in the lifestyle and luxury brand sector. In addition it will also start wholesaling a golf collection, currently sold in their newly opened Sloane Street store. The accessories collection, consisting of handbags, belts and […]

Trendsetting denim brand Evisu is joining forces with Italian laundry Martelli in a new conceptual jeans collection. The 20 piece European range, called Triple E, was presented yesterday at Pitti, Florence, and saw dyed garments, washed, treated and finished by Martelli. Retail prices will be GBP 150 […]

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