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Topshop Arcadia

Agents kick off hunt to offload Green’s flagship Topshop store

The dismantling of Sir Philip Green's high street empire is about to accelerate after the appointment of agents to oversee the sale of the...
Online Retail

Surge in online shopping to spark avalanche of Christmas returns

Presents worth a record £6.9bn will be sent back to depots after Christmas as millions of people chuck out unwanted gifts following this year's...

Department stores endure worst year since BHS collapse

The number of department stores in Britain looks set to fall below 1,000 next year for the first time in decades as the future for these retail...
Beauty

Sleeping beauty halls: how Covid-19 upended the ‘lipstick index’

With its army of perfectly groomed and manicured shop assistants the department store beauty hall has traditionally been the backbone of a £2.5bn trade...
Pretty Little Thing

Critics attack Pretty Little Thing’s 8p Black Friday dress deal

Clothing retailers have come under fire for selling dresses from just 8p on Black Friday, with critics accusing them of encouraging “fast fashion” and...
Savile Row Tariffs

Sweatpants out? Savile Row tailors predict end of the lockdown look

Last week the designer Jil Sander told the New York Times that it was time to finally ditch sweatpants because “down-dressing is a drainer”. A...
Topshop Topman Oxford Street

Arcadia hired independent pension trustees to help tackle deficit

Sir Philip Green's retail empire drafted in independent pension trustees last year to help tackle its pension deficit. The retailer appointed advisers from Dalriada last...
Boohoo

Lawyers to quiz Boohoo executives over “fake discount” claims

Top executives at Boohoo are set to be quizzed by lawyers after judges rejected the retailer’s attempt to dismiss a $100m (£75m) legal action...
Ted Baker

COVID-19 and Brexit could see UK manufacturers bringing it all back...

UK factories could be making up to £4.8bn more goods for British retailers in the next 12 months as the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit...
Black Friday

Online Black Friday will be a stiff test for the virtual...

Coronavirus may be doing its best to cancel Christmas but, for the time being anyway, shoppers are carrying on regardless, with this week’s Black...
Topshop Topman Oxford Street

Four reasons Topshop is not the brand it once was

The retail chain, which also owns Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins, was hit hard when coronavirus lockdowns forced the closure of hundreds of stores. The...
Fenwick

Fenwick’s new boss: “Online is fundamental to the department store’s future”

Running a department store chain in today’s era of online shopping is no mean feat, even for the most seasoned of retail executives. But to...
Pharrell Williams Humanrace

Pharrell Williams announces gender neutral skincare line

The musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams has announced the release of Humanrace, his long awaited skincare line. Significantly, it is gender neutral. The Humanrace products,...
Gucci

Gucci’s latest collection revealed in series of films by Gus Van...

The fashion designer Alessandro Michele, having cancelled Gucci’s catwalk shows during the pandemic, needed a way to showcase his latest collection. The director Gus...
John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis’ new strategy makes sense, but Covid could derail its...

For many years, John Lewis set a gold standard in retailing. Few could match them for quality, value, presentation and service – attributes that...
Hair & Beauty

Hair and beauty businesses seek assurances around reopening

Britain’s hair and beauty industry has warned the furlough scheme is not enough to save companies, as it called on the government for assurances...
Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Edinburgh Woollen Mill administrators hail “strong performance”

The firm managing the administration of Edinburgh Woollen Mill today hailed a “strong performance” for the first half of the year. FRP Advisory said that...
Burberry

Burberry fears tourist exodus after duty-free shopping loss

Bosses at Burberry have warned that the government’s plan to scrap duty-free shopping will mean the UK will “lose business” and that it will...
Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston seeks new lease of life online

For 27 years, Cath Kidston’s timeless floral designs shrugged off recessions, the financial crisis and the uncertainties of Brexit. But the company finally met its...
JD Sports

UK could face shortage of trainers and leisurewear as Covid fuels...

The UK could face shortages of sports shoes, track pants and stretchy leggings as retailers and suppliers struggle to keep up with a pandemic-related...