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Labour calls for “level playing field” between online and high street...

Labour is urging ministers to create a “level playing field” between high street retailers and online sales giants such as Amazon.
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One year on from Lockdown 1: how shopping habits have dramatically...

Shopping habits have “changed dramatically” a year on from the first empty shelves and shuttered high street stores, according to retail experts.

Consumer confidence showing “green shoots” of recovery

Consumer confidence is showing “green shoots” of recovery on the back of well-received Budget announcements, the successful vaccine rollout and roadmaps in place for ending lockdown, a survey suggests.

PODCAST: Stores: The Next Generation: David Dalziel, Co-founder & Creative Director...

David Dalziel is something of a rock star when it comes to retail design and is one of the most respected voices on the present and future state of retail and consumer shopping trends
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Pandemic brings spending one kilometre closer to home

The coronavirus pandemic has typically pulled people’s spending around a kilometre closer to their homes, analysis by a bank of its customers’ behaviour has found.
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Burberry upgrades forecasts over strong Asian and US sales

Luxury fashion house Burberry has said sales are set to be higher than previously indicated due to a better than expected performance in Asia and the US.
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Bullring owner Hammerson reveals worst year for rents on record

Commercial property business Hammerson has written down the value of its shopping centres and stores by nearly £2 billion as Covid-19 saw rental income suffer the biggest fall in the company’s history.
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MPs call for garment trade adjudicator to stamp out labour abuses

The Government should consider a compulsory garment trade adjudicator following the failure of voluntary initiatives to stamp out labour abuses in the UK fashion industry, MPs have urged.
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John Lewis warns that not all stores will open after lockdown...

The John Lewis Partnership has warned over further department store closures after the pandemic sent it plunging to its first ever annual loss.
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Eviction ban for private and business tenants extended

Restrictions on landlords evicting private and business tenants in England have been extended in a bid to buy struggling retailers, pubs and restaurants enough time to start trading again, the Government has said.

PODCAST: AJ Coyne, Head of Marketing, KLARNA

Klarna is more than a bank and is fast repositioning itself as a shopping platform in its own right curating retailers’ offers on its ground-breaking app. The man in charge of managing the brand image of this rule-breaking business in the UK is AJ Coyne.
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Four female entrepreneurs to get ‘Start Up with Seven Dials’ pop-up...

Coinciding with International Women’s Day today, London landlord Shaftesbury has officially announced that four up-and-coming female-led brands will be awarded individual pop-up retail space this summer as part of its ‘Start Up with Seven Dials’ incubator initiative.

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Online retail sales hit new record but fail to offset high...

Online retail sales soared to a new record high in February but this failed to offset another dire month for shops as they remained closed during lockdown, new figures show.
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Business rates relief cap puts stores at risk, says Mike Ashley’s...

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group has said the Chancellor’s new business rates holiday is “near worthless” for larger firms and makes it close to impossible for it to take on old Debenhams shops.
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Business rates holiday extended to June before two-thirds discount

The Chancellor has said that the business rates holiday will be extended until the end of June for hard-hit retail, hospitality and leisure firms before shifting to a two-thirds discount for the rest of the year.
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Contactless payment limit to be raised to £100, Chancellor confirms

The contactless payment limit is to more than double to £100. The changes, being set out in Wednesday’s Budget, will see the legal single contactless payment limit raised from £45 to £100.

PODCAST: Stores: The Next Generation – Pimkie

Patrick van der Linden is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Digital Officer of leading French young fashion retailer Pimkie. Patrick has been at the forefront of driving Pimkie’s “customer obsessed” strategy, which puts feedback from the customer as its centre.

Chancellor to extend furlough until September as he unveils budget

Rishi Sunak will extend the furlough scheme until the end of September and pledge to do “whatever it takes” to help people and businesses through the coronavirus crisis when he unveils his Budget.
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Notonthehighstreet chief warns online sales tax would hurt small brands and...

The CEO of online marketplace Notonthehighstreet has warned any Budget move to impose an online sales tax would be a “mistake” and penalise small firms already battered by the pandemic.