River Island is set to close all of its stores in the Netherlands and Belgium, a spokesperson of the British retailer confirmed to FashionUnited. The company’s stores in the Netherlands and its store in Antwerp, Belgium, will close at the end of March 2019, though the brand will remain an online retailer […]

Lenders to Jack Wills have drafted in advisers to assess the company’s financial situation as the British retailer continues to struggle. Led by the high street bank HSBC, lenders have appointed accountancy firm EY to aid in negotiations over revisions to Jack Wills' borrowing covenants, and to examine […]

COS, one of the brands under the H&M Group, has announced its plans to enter the Icelandic market, with a store in the country’s capital, Reykjavík, set to open later this year. The announcement was made on H&M’s website, but no further details were given about the store or its launch date. The first […]

Shopping at Zara is more expensive in Brazil than in any other country, reveals the fourth edition of an annual study by Brazilian investment bank BTG Pactual. Titled “Zara Index”, the research takes the price of 12 Zara items across 44 countries, then converts local currencies to US dollars and compares […]

American fashion and lifestyle brand Free People is set to open its first true store front in the UK later this week in London. The 7,500 square foot store on Floral Street in London will open on January 18 and was chosen for its “vibrant Covent Garden” location. The opening will mark the brand’s second […]

Beauty brand Lush is set to open its first ‘Naked’ store in the UK in Manchester later this week, which will entirely void of any plastic packaging. The retailer famed for its brightly-coloured bath bombs, will be highlighting plastic packaging-free alternatives to shoppers favourite cosmetics, from […]

CEO INTERVIEWIt may seem counterintuitive for pure online players to venture into physical retail, considering how brick and mortar stores are struggling (Credit Suisse predicts 25 percent of all US shopping malls to close by 2025, while the UK high street is having its worst period since 2013). Yet, […]

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has introduced a series of new features and services to some of its shops in 2018, including self-service checkout, repairing services and a café called It’s Plet. In 2019, not only will these changes will be rolled out to more stores around the world, but the fast fashion retailer […]

Footfall figures for December 2018 released by British Retail Consortium and Springboard has revealed a drop of 2.6 percent, marking a thirteenth consecutive month of decline, however, it did mark a lesser decline when compared to 2017, where footfall fell sharply by 3.5 percent. The high street saw […]

Home furnishings, fashion and furniture retailer Laura Ashley has selected Oracle Commerce Cloud to enhance its online customer experience. Laura Ashley tasked Oracle to create a seamless, integrated customer experiences across traditional and digital channels as well as to enhance its inventory management […]

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