The search is on for the UK’s best small shop, as the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group confirms its Best Small Shops competition is returning after a four year hiatus. Administer by the Independent Retailers Confederation, the competition aims to bring small retailers to the attention of parliamentarians […]

The H&M Group is planning to open around 400 new stores for the financial year 2014/2015, as the Swedish retail chain announced full-year sales increased in local currencies by 14 percent to SEK 176.6 billion including VAT. Most of the expansion of H&M stores will take place in existing markets, however […]

Fashion accessories brand Paul’s Boutique is continuing the expansion of its concessions network with additional key John Lewis stores for the launch of its spring/summer 2015 collections. With successful John Lewis concessions currently in Canary Wharf, Nottingham, York and the flagship store in Westfield […]

Online retail giant Zalando has extended its Partner Programme to the UK in order to ensure their overseas customers have access to an even "wider range of products" and improved selection of goods. The German-based online platform will be working closely together with selected UK retailers and labels, […]

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo is set to open its first Canadian stores in Toronto in the autumn of 2016, as it pushes forward with its expansion plans to become the world’s top fashion retailer. Canada will mark the brand’s 18th market, since it opened its first store in Japan in 1984, adding to […]

Tokyo-based eyewear brand, Jins, is set for US expansion after it announced plans to open its first US flagship store in San Francisco this spring. Jins has become Japan’s largest eyewear retailer by volume, operating more than 300 retail locations across Japan and China, due to its offering of high-quality, […]

Michael Bigger, on behalf of himself, his family, his trading platform, Bachelier, LLC , and his hedge fund, Bigger Capital, LP, which are significant shareholders of apparel retailer American Apparel, sent a letter to the retailer’s board of directors cautioning about conflicts of interest. “This Board […]

US footwear label New Balance is set to open its debut store in the UK. Scooping out a ideal location in the heart of London's prime retail sector, the label is understood to have signed a ten year lease for the 14,000 square foot building at 287-291 Oxford Street, according to Property Week. Spanning […]

Parcel delivery company DPD has announced that it plans to open its own parcel shop network in June as an alternative to its competitor’s popular click-and-collect services. DPD PickUp will be headquartered in Stoke and will feature a network of 2,500 outlets, which it states will mean that at least […]

The equivalent number of full-time jobs in retail fell by 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year, according to new figures released by the British Retail Consortium and business law firm Bond Dickinson. The Retail Employment Monitor showed that in Q4 2014 the […]

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