The UK is forecast to see 200,000 job losses in 2021 as the effects of the coronavirus lockdowns compound an already troubled industry. In 2020 an average of 320 stores were shuttered every week. New figures from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) show a bleak retail landscape for 2021, with shopping […]

Marks & Spencer has reportedly struck deals to add four new labels to its womenswear line-up in the spring. When stores reopen after the UK’s current lockdown is lifted, the high street giant will sell clothes by Joules, Phase Eight, Hobbs and Seasalt both in-store and online, The Times reports. Marks […]

As would be inevitable, the second week of Lockdown 3.0 across the UK saw a -68.2 percent decline in footfall over the same period last year, and -12.8 percent week on week. All shopping and retail destinations have been affected by less traffic, although the rate of decline slowed to less than half […]

British shopping centre operator Hammerson has collected just 41 percent of rent due for Q1 as retailers continue to struggle to make payments. Breaking it down by country, 41 percent of rent due has been paid in the UK - 36 percent at flagships and 64 percent at retail parks - while France and Ireland […]

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Spanish sustainable fashion brand Ecoalf has announced a new Madrid flagship and said it is branching out into homeware. Located in the Santa Bárbara Palace, the 350 square metre store has been designed with sustainability in mind. The entire space uses natural […]

Saks Fifth Avenue has debuted its 'Barneys at Saks' retail experience in its New York flagship, after gaining licensing rights for the retailer back in 2019. This marks the first time Barneys has occupied brick-and-mortar retail space since the closure of its stores at the beginning of 2020. Authentic […]

Locker delivery brand InPost has announced the roll-out of digital receipts across its UK locker network. InPost, which partners with brands including Missguided, Boohoo and JD Sports, now allows customers to download digital receipts directly to their smartphones using QR codes. “The new digital receipts […]

Since January 1st tax-free shopping in the UK is no longer a lure for high net worth travellers with a passion for shopping. Luxury brands and retailers, despite lobbying the government with the support of many notable UK businesses and leading industry voices, have not been successful to reverse the […]

Online shoppers faced a digital drama when Amazon’s UK website went down this week, leaving many unable to access its online store, login or make purchases on Thursday and Friday. Frustrated customers and shoppers took to social media to complain of extremely slow connections or being unable to access […]

Some 400,000 jobs could be lost across England’s high streets post-Covid as an acceleration of online shopping and new work-from-home habits are expected to drive down footfall, new research suggests. According to a report by KPMG, a drop in commuter flow in England could range from over a tenth to […]

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