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COVID-19

Retail chiefs write to Prime Minister warning against lockdown extension

The leaders of some of the high street's biggest names have written to Prime Minster Boris Johnson to urge him to allow the re-opening...
Carnaby Christmas

Carnaby launches first ever 360° virtual tour to experience Christmas lights

In answer to Lockdown 2, central London’s Carnaby is today launching its first ever 360° virtual tour at Carnaby.co.uk, so people can “experience” its...
Black Friday

Black Friday set to lead sales charge in year of unprecedented...

This year’s Black Friday event on 27 November will remain the biggest shopping event of the 2020 holiday season, as retailers continue to trade...
MISSGUIDED lockers

Missguided ramps up contact-free collection with InPost locker takeover

Online fast fashion retailer Missguided has today announced a UK "locker takeover" in collaboration with locker delivery brand InPost. The collaboration will see 180 of...

In Pictures: London reacts to lockdown as Oxford Street deserted

Despite non-essential retail being closed, Christmas lights continue to shine bright down Oxford Street with few shoppers continuing to purchase essential items, making use...
Consumer spending

UK consumer spending declined 0.1% in October but online clothing sales...

Consumer spending declined 0.1% overall year-on-year in October, 2020, as further restrictions came in to force across the UK amid the spike in coronavirus...
Retail sales

Retail sales jump in October before second lockdown “throws recovery away”

Retail sales jumped last month ahead of the second national lockdown in England, which retail leaders have warned will “throw away” recent progress for...

Confusion reigns as supermarkets seal off clothing in certain stores

Supermarkets have been forced to take urgent action to seal off clothing and general merchandise in stores where they are sold on separate floors...

Retailers’ shares boosted by positive COVID-19 vaccine news

Shares in retailers received a welcome boost today, as those in pureplay etailers fell, following positive news of a COVID-19 vaccine. JD Sports, Superdry and...
Shoppers down Oxford Street

Plummeting UK retail footfall follows mini-boom pre-Lockdown 2 in “week of...

Footfall across all UK retail destinations dropped -15.4% last week, 1-7 November, compared to the week before. It was a “complete volte-face” from the week...
Black Friday

Black Friday boost as retailers braced for huge online sales growth...

Retailers are gearing up for a huge increase in online sales of 35%-45% during the Black Friday trading period (23-30 November), according to the...
Marks & Spencer

Independent retailers call for Government intervention over lockdown restrictions on “non-essential”...

Independent retailers are calling for the Government to intervene over the types of "non-essential" retail still taking place during Lockdown 2, which got underway in...
Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme until the end of March

The jobs furlough scheme set up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak is to be extended until the end of March, Rishi Sunak...
Jo Jo Maman Bebe

JoJo Maman Bebe founder challenges forced shutdown of stores

Jojo Maman Bebe founder Laura Tenison has questioned the Government's criteria for "essential" retail during Lockdown 2, which gets underway today across England, asking...