Square agrees to £21bn deal for buy now, pay later firm...

Digital payments company Square Inc says it has agreed to acquire Australian buy now, pay later company Afterpay – known as Clearpay in the UK – in an all-stock deal valued at about $29bn dollars (£20.8bn).
Sports Direct

Frasers Group set for “upbeat” update after reopening stores

Frasers Group is expected to unveil an “upbeat” trading update amid hopes its sales will have rebounded strongly after the reopening of high street stores.

Amazon delivers mixed bag of results for second quarter

Amazon has turned in a mixed bag of results for its fiscal second quarter, coming up short of Wall Street expectations in revenue but beating them on profits.

Number of empty shops continues to rise across UK after Covid...

The number of empty shops in high streets, retail parks and shopping centres has increased in the past three months, according to new data.

PODCAST: Ole Henriksen, Founder of OLEHENRIKSEN

For Ole Henriksen, great skin begins with a positive outlook – an infectious, can’t stop you from smiling, zest for life that has taken him, and his namesake brand, on an incredible journey over the years, propelling him from young Danish country boy to skincare guru to the stars – with a few pit-stops in Jakarta, London and West Hollywood along the way!   
BRC Shopping High street

Shop prices tumble sharply on back of cheaper food and clothes

Shoppers have seen retail prices plunge more sharply this month on the back of summer clothing sales, while food also became cheaper, according to new data.
High street shopping

UK retail sales strong in July but clothing yet to return...

UK retailers have reported another strong month of sales growth but clothing and footwear demand is yet to return to "normal" levels.
Leicester Square

Leicester Square seeking new flagship tenant as “Burger King Corner” undergoes...

Property developers are set to spend £100m transforming the north-east corner of London’s Leicester Square and are seeking a new flagship tenant for one of the capital's most high profile sites.

PODCAST: Nick Lujan, Global Head of Artistry & Education at Kevyn...

New York based Nick Lujan is Global Head of Artistry & Education at Kevyn Aucoin – a professional makeup artist, team leader, trainer and educator with over 15 years of experience in the industry.

Consumer confidence edged above March 2020 levels in July

Consumer confidence edged above March 2020 pre-lockdown levels in July, according to GfK’s UK consumer confidence barometer.
Empty High Street consumer spending

Local high streets to see boom in new stores due to...

Local high streets could see 17,000 new stores open over the next 12 months as retailers look to take advantage of new hybrid working models, according to research.

PODCAST: Ida Petersson, Buying Director at Browns

As the Menswear and Womenswear Buying Director for Browns, Ida Petersson’s day job is all about finding amazing things we all want and need, and amazing things we didn’t even know we wanted or needed.
Marks & Spencer

Enforcement of EU trade rules on Irish Sea trade threatening M&S...

The “pointless” enforcement of EU rules on Irish Sea trade is threatening Marks and Spencer’s business operations on the island of Ireland, its chairman has warned.

Mulberry rebounds to profit amid lower costs and online boost

British luxury house Mulberry has swung back to profit for the past year after reducing costs and growing online sales.
Royal Mail

Royal Mail predicts online sales shift will be permanent

Royal Mail believes the online sales boom experienced during the Covid-19 crisis has permanently changed the way people shop as the number of parcels being sent remains above pre-pandemic levels.

Next agrees to repay £29m in rates as sales soar

High street fashion giant Next has agreed to repay part of the savings it made from the Government’s business rates holiday after sales soared faster than expected.

PODCAST: Heist CEO, Natasja Giezen Smith

Natasja Giezen Smith is CEO of innovative women’s hosiery and underwear brand Heist. Just as the pandemic hit in March 2020, Natasja joined the London-based business, which is famed for in sag-proof tights, innovative shapewear and comfortable, yet flattering, underwear.

Burberry sales hit pre-pandemic levels despite drop off in tourism

Burberry has reported that sales have returned to pre-pandemic levels despite some restrictions for Covid-19 still remaining in place.

PODCAST: Eve Lom International Trainer, Erica MacCallum

Erica MacCallum is the International Trainer at Eve Lom. In this episode of The Beauty Edit, Erica tells us about the impact COVID-19 has had on physical facial treatments within spa and what this means for businesses now that restrictions are lifting.

ASOS sales up 31% but online fashion giant warns of Covid...

Online young fashion giant ASOS has voiced caution over how the rest of the global Covid pandemic will play out saying it expects volatility in the months ahead.


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