PODCAST: Liz Houghton, Mint Velvet CEO & Co-founder

Liz Houghton, CEO and Co-founder of premium women’s fashion brand and retailer Mint Velvet. The brand was born out of the last major crisis to hit Britain’s high streets, the financial crash of the late 2000s.
Retail footfall

Retail footfall down 15% on two years ago in “first step”...

Total customer footfall on the day non-essential retail reopened in England was down 15% on two years ago, new figures show.
Next Homebase

Homebase launches garden centres in Next stores

Next has struck a deal with Homebase which will open mini-garden centres in six of the fashion giant’s stores.

Retailers ready for return to the “joy of physical shopping”

Retailers are hoping pent-up demand and the fun of “physical shopping” will see consumers flooding back into bricks and mortar stores after a turbulent year of closures and restrictions.

Landlord Hammerson confirms talks over sale of UK retail parks

Property giant Hammerson has confirmed that it is in talks over a deal to sell its portfolio of UK retail parks.

Hairdressers working 12-hour days to cope with demand as salons reopen

Many salons are reporting they are fully booked for up to six weeks despite "everybody wanting an appointment on April 12". The reopening of hairdressers in England will come as a relief to many, but pent-up demand means a wait of up to another six weeks to secure an appointment.

John Lewis to launch new cheaper ANYDAY product range to target...

John Lewis is to launch a new cheaper range of products amid concerns that the department store giant is not widely seen as “good value for money”.

PODCAST: Ning Li, Typology Founder

Ning Li is a globally renowned entrepreneur and made his name in the world of business founding the disruptive online furniture retailer Made.com.

ASOS sales leap by 24% to £2bn over six months

Online fashion giant ASOS has revealed that sales soared during the latest COVID-19 lockdown as high street stores remained closed.

Around 2,000 Peacocks jobs saved in rescue deal

Collapsed fashion chain Peacocks has been saved by a senior executive with backing from an international consortium, it has been announced.

Almost 190,000 retail jobs lost amid high street turmoil since first...

Almost 190,000 jobs have been lost in the retail turmoil since non-essential retailers were first forced to shut their doors a year ago, according to new figures.

Analysts expect ASOS sales growth to continue after lockdown gains

ASOS is set to continue its recent stellar spell with a surge in earnings and sales as further lockdown restrictions have kept its shoppers from returning to UK high streets.

PODCAST: Albaray Founders Paula Stewart, Karen Peacock and Kirstie Di Stazio

Three senior executives from Warehouse Paula Stewart, Karen Peacock and Kirstie Di Stazio, are back with new womenswear proposition, Albaray, which launched this week on its own platform and next week with retail giants John Lewis and Next.

Next profits cut in half after Covid store closures but it...

Next has said profits for the last year were slashed by more than half after its stores were shut for large parts of it. However, the group also raised its profit forecast for the current year, as it hailed soaring online sales in the past eight weeks.

PODCAST: Stores: The Next Generation: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Global Advisor for...

Lavinia has been instrumental in the group’s transformation of its offer and positioning in the beauty market, in particular, the iconic and historic No 7 beauty brand and how it has responded to the global pandemic.
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Frasers Group acquires retail park in Wigan

Sports Direct owner Frasers Group has bought a retail park in Wigan as it looks to expand its property operations.
High street retail Debenhams

Retail sales stage partial recovery as households prepare for lockdown end

Retail sales volumes recovered slightly in February but not enough to offset heavy falls a month earlier, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has suggested.

PODCAST: Cathal McAteer & James Day, Co-founders of Sounder

Welcome to the latest episode of our Podcast series "In Conversation" where we bring you inspiring stories, retail insights and conversation from fashion's most influential business leaders. 

Retailers pledge to improve diversity and inclusion

More than 50 of the UK’s leading retailers have pledged to improve their diversity and inclusion (D&I) following findings that representation of women and ethnic minorities “falls well short”.
Scotland Scottish retail

Inflation eases as clothing prices drop

The UK’s rate of inflation unexpectedly eased last month amid falls in the prices of clothing, second-hand cars and toys, according to new official data.