British department store John Lewis and Partners has reported a “slower than usual start” to its clearance promotions, as sales were down 4.1 percent in the week to December 28. John Lewis did note that it was a “positive week” for a fashion, with clothing sales up 5.8 percent and last-minute Christmas […]

Iconic British department store Harrods wants to open its first store outside the UK as early as next year. The chosen location is Shanghai's Pudong district, where the airport is also located and which is known as the home of wealthy millennials. With this move, Harrods aims to serve China's emerging […]

High costs, low profitability, and losing sales to online shopping are just some of the factors affecting physical store owners. As a result, 2019 was one of the worst years for UK high streets that saw a total of 143,100 jobs lost according to figures from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). Retail […]

Shoppers flocked to Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City in search of deals on Boxing Day, with footfall up 3.4 percent on last year. Both shopping centres recorded more than 363,000 shoppers on Boxing Day, which marks the busiest ever day on record for Westfield London since it opened its […]

REPORT The season of festive cheer is over for retailers as they face the annual avalanche of returns. Online retailers are hit hardest, particularly clothing sites, as purchases online are three times more likely to be sent back including fifty percent of all clothing purchases. The process of returns […]

Spanish fashion house Loewe has touched down in New York with a new retail location on Greene Street in SoHo. This is the luxury brand’s first store in the U.S. fashion capital. Though Loewe first started as a collective of craftsmen creating high-quality leather goods, including its now-signature handbags, […]

IN PICTURES A look at the competition, almost everyone does. How do they set up their shop, how is the routing and which style is chosen? Although some retailers are convinced that you should never look at someone else, the FashionUnited article 'Retail inspiration: 9 new store concepts of recent times' […]

Despite a challenging Christmas trading period across the UK, London’s West End reported an increase in footfall of +1 percent in the weeks leading up to Christmas (29 November 2019 to 26 December 2019) according to data from New West End Company, representing over 600 retail and leisure businesses […]

Retail intelligence experts Springboard on Thursday announced footfall in UK bricks and mortar retail destinations is -10.6 percent down on the period up to 12pm on Boxing Day last year. This is the largest decline of any Boxing Day since Springboard started publishing footfall data in 2009. Not only […]

On any given day London’s Westfield malls are buzzing with activity. Its retail edit and experience curation has paid dividends, as Westfield London and Stratford City have been named the best UK shopping centres by GlobalData for the second consecutive year. The rankings of GlobalData’s Top 50 Shopping […]

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