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Online Retail

Online sales tax would “kneecap” small retailers, startups warn

The introduction of a new online sales tax would “kneecap” retailers and have a disproportionate impact on smaller businesses, UK startups have warned.
Oxford Street

Oxford Street to build 25m “hill” to lure shoppers back

Marble Arch will gain a climbable "hill" after lockdown ends in a bid to lure shoppers back to Oxford Street.
Burberry fabric

Burberry repays Bank of England’s £300m Covid loan

Burberry has repaid a £300 million loan from the Bank of England, underlining the growing gulf between the corporate haves and have-nots.
Bennett Silks Brexit

Brexit: as half its sales are wiped out, silk firm joins...

Mike Bennett runs a small firm called Bennett Silks in Stockport, Greater Manchester, which has been in his family since his great-grandfather set it up in 1904.
Karen Millen

Karen Millen sheds a tear over buyout by Boohoo

Just a few months shy of her 60th birthday, Karen Millen can still fit into a pair of wool trousers she acquired in the 1990s from the high street brand bearing her name. “We did good trousers,” she says. “They were a classic cut and we always used good fabrics.”
Online retail

Online retail sales record five years growth in 12 months due...

Online retail sales recorded five years of growth in just 12 months as the coronavirus pandemic accelerated the shift to digital shopping, the latest research showed.
L'oreal

“Roaring 20s” will follow COVID-19 pandemic, says L’Oréal

Cosmetics sales have plummeted during the pandemic as store closures, coupled with the shift to homeworking, saw many women to ditch their makeup bags.
Arcadia

Calls to ‘send Philip Green the bill,’ as pension lifeboat fund...

There have been fresh calls for government to step in and demand retail tycoon Philip Green plug Arcadia’s pension deficit, as the pensions lifeboat fund begins assessing the scheme.

ASOS and Boohoo battle with Next for a cut of Green’s...

Sir Philip Green, a long-standing sceptic about online fashion and technology in general, refused to sell clothes from his flagship Topshop brand on ASOS until two years ago.
Debenhams

As scores of retailers shut shops, what might future high streets...

If you thought January couldn’t get any worse for Britain’s struggling high streets you would be wrong. To cap off a month that has been so tough for so many businesses and employees, it emerged this week that a series of major deals are in play that will result in some of retail’s most famous brands disappearing from town centres forever.
Uniqlo

Uniqlo UK apologises for customer service chaos in Covid crisis

The fashion retailer Uniqlo has apologised after its online operation went into meltdown leaving frustrated customers waiting months for refunds for failed orders.
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...