Retail & Etail

Forever Unique

Forever Unique launches rebrand and lifestyle collections

Global womenswear brand Forever Unique has unveiled a rebrand, citing COVID-19’s effect on the occasionwear market and a long-lasting change in consumer shopping behaviours.

Treasury to extend ban on commercial evictions into 2022

The Treasury is to extend the current ban on evictions for unpaid commercial rent past the end of this month and into 2022, after delaying the easing of further Covid restrictions.
Oxford Street pedestrianisation

Oxford Street to be partially pedestrianised by end of 2021

A 150m-long section of Oxford Street, on either side of Britain’s busiest pedestrian junction, is to be closed to vehicles by the end of the year, cutting the iconic street in two.

GANNI launches direct-to-consumer experience in China via Tmall

GANNI, the Danish contemporary brand credited with introducing the playful "Scandi 2.0" sense of style, has launched a direct-to-consumer experience in China via Tmall.
Harvey Nichols Kidswear

Harvey Nichols to launch childrenswear department

Luxury retailer Harvey Nichols is to launch childrenswear section online from the 24th June, followed by a dedicated department in selected stores from July.

Boohoo set to open one Debenhams store to secure major beauty...

Boohoo Group is set to bring the Debenhams brand back to the high street, but just one store, to help it secure deals with major beauty brands.
Westfield CCO

Westfield hires new Chief Customer Officer

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) has today announced the appointment of Caroline Puechoultres as Chief Customer Officer, effective 15 July 2021.
Psyche Store

Frasers to close Psyche Middlesbrough store and rebrand it as Flannels

Teesside designer clothes store Psyche is to close its doors, with the 40,000 sq ft location on Linthorpe Road expected to cease trading on 9 August.

WIT Fitness partners with CrossFit for ecommerce and retail

London based sportswear retailer WIT Fitness has announced it has signed a multi-year global ecommerce and retail partnership with CrossFit, which will see WIT operate an official online CrossFit store and sell CrossFit-branded gear in its own flagship London store and “future physical locations globally.”

Boohoo signs up to tougher ethical standards regime as sales continue...

Online young fashion giant Boohoo Group has agreed to sign up to a forensic supply chain initiative as part of a wider push to improve its ethical credentials.
Boris Johnson

Treasury rules out further financial support as 21 June reopening pushed...

The Government has confirmed it will not heed calls from industry to further extend furlough and other financial support as the Prime Minister announced a delay to his original road map out of restrictions.
Peter Cowgill

Shareholders “may well” vote against my bonus, says JD Sports chairman

The chairman of JD Sports has said that shareholders “may well” vote against the £4.3 million bonus that the company is set to award him despite taking Government support to furlough its staff.

Fashion rental platform Rotaro opens Carnaby Street pop-up store

Digital women’s fashion rental platform Rotaro has opened a two-month pop-up store today, 14 June, for the first time at 45 Carnaby Street in London.
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Footfall drops as retail destinations suffer “post bank holiday blues”

Footfall across all UK retail destinations declined by -6.7% last week, 6-12 June, a sharp contrast with the rise of +11.6% in the previous week, with “post bank holiday blues” cited by retail experts Springboard.
USC Sports Direct Beverley

Sports Direct and USC to open megastore at Beverley’s Flemingate centre

The Frasers Group’s Sports Direct and USC are to come together under one roof in a 10,000 sq ft unit at Beverley’s Flemingate shopping centre – set to open this August.
Oxford Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay COVID-19 lockdown lifting to July

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to announce the delay of easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, seeing the current rules remain in place for up to a further four weeks after the planned 21 June unlocking.
Ted Baker store

Ted Baker sales hit as locked-down consumers shift away from suits

The shift to comfortable clothes, rather than formal suits and shirts, during the pandemic has hit sales hard at premium fashion and lifestyle brand Ted Baker.
Julie Deane

Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane awarded CBE, while retail veteran...

Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane has been awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2021.

Netflix launches online shop for fashion and lifestyle products inspired by...

Netflix has launched Netflix.shop to enable viewers to shop exclusive drops of fashion and lifestyle products connected to their favourite shows.
Primark Luton

Primark to expand store in Luton’s The Mall

Value fashion giant Primark has announced it will redevelop its retail location at The Mall in Luton, extending it by almost 40% by acquiring a neighbouring vacant store space.