VF Corp. has revealed it plans to close its merger with Nautica Enterprises Inc at least two months earlier than expected. The world's largest clothing company had originally planned to close the $586 million deal for the New York-headquartered firm in October or November but now expects to complete […]

According to reports New Look founder Tom Singh is in talks with venture capitalist Apax Partners about making a bid for the high street chain. Singh is said to have been talking with Apax for some time. Other venture capitalists zre also discussing providing equity to back the buyout. Singh, the major […]

UK retailers are seeing an increase in income and shopper numbers as temperatures return to normal levels. Although much of the UK is still enjoying very warm and sunny weather, the record-breaking heatwave seen in early August has subsided. Figures show that the number of shoppers across the country […]

Pure is the UK's largest event on the fashion calendar, offering the chance to see hundreds of brands all under one roof. With a huge number of brands showcasing their Spring/Summer 2004 collections, along with a trend presentation from Draper's Record, followed by a catwalk show - the commercial trends […]

July sales for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes&Mauritz increased by 8 per cent, matching June's performance, but falling short of analysts' expectations for six consecutive months. H&M said that the single-digit like-for-like decline in July was due to a shortage in summer clothing.

Harvey Nichols aims to bring a sprinkling of Hollywood glamour to the North West with the opening of its last full-scale department store in Manchester.The 95,000sq ft, three-floor store, which opened last week, has accessories and cosmetics on the split level ground floor. Womenswear, lingerie and […]

Gap will premiere its new TV campaign featuring music stars Madonna and Missy Eliott in the UK this week, a few days after its US launch. The stars are featured wearing Gap's new range of cords, which the retailer hopes will further drive the strong sales recovery it has seen over this year. The soundtrack […]

What better way to combat a heatwave than by wearing a miniskirt? In London it seemed the hotter the temperatures, the shorter the skirts. This summer we've been treated to more legs on show than the Moulin Rouge. True to the sixties revival that has inspired collections around the globe, the mini has […]

Jaeger is reviewing its concession agreements with House of Fraser as part of its move to re-establish the brand as "the premier British label." The brand, which was bought by BMB chairman Harold Tillman earlier this year, also plans to launch a men's footwear collection next autumn and to expand into […]

John Lewis has installed whispering windows in its Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham and London's Oxford Street stores. They transmit sounds and music through a "bug" attached to the glass. The technology has been developed by Hull-based Newlands Scientific.

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