Emirates to sponsor FA Cup

Dubai's Emirates Airline looks set to become the brand sponsor of the oldest knockout football competition in the world, the FA Cup. As part of a reported $46 million (£30 million) three-year deal, the competition will be renamed the Emirates FA Cup. The FA failed to secure a sponsor for this year’s competition, after drinks... Continue Reading →

11 Things Hardly Anyone Knows About Nike

Nike turned 50 this year. To celebrate, a UK gym, My Fitness Boutique, has created this infographic to celebrate the shoe and apparel company's five decades in business. We've picked out some of the most interesting factlets from the infographic, and a few snippets from around the web, that many people may never have known about... Continue Reading →

Italian fashion brand to open London flagship

Italian fashion retailer Stefanel is set to open another store in London after securing a location on Regent Street, after signing a ten-year lease with the Regent Street Partnership, which comprises The Crown Estate and Norges Bank Investment Management.  The 2,600 square foot flagship spans across the basement and ground floors at 78 Regent Street... Continue Reading →

new Tommy Hilfiger anchor store in Berlin

Tommy Hilfiger has opened a new anchor store in the heart of Berlin's Mitte neighbourhood, a hotspot for fashion and eclectic street style. The spacious store, designed by rpa:group, covers two floors with a sales area of 347 sq m. It offers the full range of Tommy Hilfiger collections, including men's sportswear, women's sportswear, men's... Continue Reading →

Topaz introduces new Re.Store concept

Luke Fitzgerald and Vogue Williams present Re.Store, a dynamic new Irish food, coffee and convenience concept  News Read More: forecourt  Topaz 24 April 2015 | 0 Re.Store, a new Irish food, coffee and convenience concept has joined forces with Ireland’s leading fuel retailer, Topaz, to provide a new in-store experience. The concept has launched in over 26... Continue Reading →

House of Fraser plans 2016 China debut

Open Gallery 1House of Fraser: Sunflower dress, €77 (Dickins & Jones) British department store House of Fraser said it would open its first shops in China next year and start trading there online, as strong demand in Britain helped annual profits rise 7 percent. The company, sold a year ago to China's Sanpower Group, said on... Continue Reading →

Pep&Co to create 500 new jobs

Pep&Co, the new budget fashion chain founded by former Asda chief executive Andy Bond and former Sainsbury’s Tu boss Adrian Mountford, has announced plans to create 500 new jobs across England, Wales and Scotland by the end of August.  The news comes as the fashion retailer confirms that it plans to open an initial 50... Continue Reading →

Strong Primark sales boost AB Foods

Primark has increased half-yearly sales by 15% since last year, boosting retail profits for Associated British Foods, which owns the budget fashion chain.Operating profits for Primark were £322m in the six months to February, up from £298m in the same period last year.AB Foods credited a strong Christmas trading period for Primark.But the group's profits... Continue Reading →

Addis Ababa welcomes first Spur Restaurant

Spur Ethopia: Neway, Teodros, Pierre, Ronel, Derick, Yonas and Mulugeta.Pierre van Tonder, CEO Spur Corporation in South Africa, explains why Ethiopia is such an attractive investment opportunity: "Ethiopia is a dynamic, productive country with one of the highest GDP growth rates in Africa. It holds many opportunities for entrepreneurs like our new partners. Spur International... Continue Reading →

Private equity firm finalizes deal to buy Wet Seal 

Private equity firm finalizes deal to buy Wet SealDive Brief:Philadelphia-based private equity firm Versa Capital Management has closed a deal to buy teen apparel retailer Wet Seal, which has gone private and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. The troubled retailer will continue operating 173 stores and maintain its headquarters in Foothill Ranch in Orange County, California. The... Continue Reading →

Tesco set to announce record £5bn losses 

The supermarket group's boss, Dave Lewis - who replaces axed chief Philip Clarke last year - has vowed to turn the company's fortunes aroundTroubled retail giant Tesco is set to announce record losses of up to £5billion this week – the worst performance in its 97-year history.Clive Black of stockbrokers Shore Capital said Wednesday’s announcement will be... Continue Reading →

H&M unveils Conscious Capsule Lounge pop-up at Oxford CircusFormRoom has worked with H&M to transform the Lounge on the store's fourth floor at its Oxford Circus store into a Conscious Capsule Space. For the re-activation of its conscious message globally, H&M wanted to create a space in its flagship store in the UK.The team wanted to keep... Continue Reading →

Apple’s retail chief admits that the Apple Watch launch didn’t go as planned

Getty Images EntertainmentAAPLApr 16 05:00PM126.17-0.61-0.48%Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts on Thursday sent a memo to Apple employees that explained the shipping delays for the Apple Watch, and she hinted that the company would return to iPhone-style launches with lines outside its stores.The French Apple news site iGen.fr obtained the memo, which goes into detail on the... Continue Reading →

Morrisons to cut 700 head office jobs

Morrisons is to cut more than 700 head office jobs in a sweeping clearout by its new boss that will reduce staff at the grocer’s Bradford site by nearly a third.David Potts, a month into his role as chief executive, has already axed half of his top management team and is now turning his attention to... Continue Reading →

Mothercare plans to axe up to 140 shop managers

Mothercare plans to cut up to 140 shopfloor managers as part of an overhaul of the loss-making UK chain. The company said 620 middle managers had been put at risk of redundancy, with 120-140 jobs expected to go as new roles are created. Mothercare employs about 5,000 people in its UK shops.The move would save £1.3m and help reduce Mothercare’s... Continue Reading →

Debenhams shares rise as results beat expectations

Debenhams continues to benefit from growing online salesDebenhams has posted positive results for the first half of its financial year, beating analysts' expectations.The company's share price rose 6.6%, reaching a 15-month high, after the retailer reported profit before tax rose 4.3% to £88.9m for the 26 weeks to 28 February.Debenhams said its focus on online delivery... Continue Reading →

Ralph Lauren opening in Sao Paulo

One of America's most internationally known designers is taking his talents and designs to South America, Sao Paulo, Brazil to be precise. On Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, Ralph Lauren will open a 9,100 square foot store in one of the largest tourist destinations in the world. The store will feature Ralph Lauren men's wear and... Continue Reading →

schuh launches new concept store at Bluewaterschuh has unveiled its new interior retail concept, twentyFIFTEEN, at its Bluewater store in Kent. The redesign has been masterminded by MRA Architecture & Interior Design.The design team also took influence from the work of contemporary artists Aakash Nihalani and Will Dorner to develop a concept based on improved sightlines,... Continue Reading →

Further strike action planned at Dunnes

Mandate has said that a group of 100 shop stewards will meet within the next fortnight to set a date for further industrial actionNewsDunnes Stores workers who belong to Mandate trade union are to set a date for further industrial action within the next two weeks.The move follows a meeting of the union’s National Disputes... Continue Reading →

SuperValu new number one supermarket

NewsThe latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published today for the 12 weeks ending 29 March, show a change at the top with SuperValu becoming Ireland’s largest grocery retailer.David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “One of the key rules in driving sales growth is that you need to broaden your appeal... Continue Reading →

Britain’s HOF Department Store Will Enter China

British department store brand House of Fraser will officially enter the Chinese market and its first batch of stores will be located in Nanjing, Xuzhou, and Chongqing.In April 2014, HOF was acquired by Nanjing Cenbest, a subsidiary of China Sanpower Group. With the transaction, Cenbest gained a 89% stake in this U.K. department store brand... Continue Reading →

Quiksilver appoints new chief executive

Lifestyle clothing brand Quiksilver has promoted Pierre Agnes to the position of chief executive.Previously president of Quiksilver, Agnes has succeeded Andy Mooney who has now left the business. Bob McKnight, founder and chairman of Quiksilver, said: “On behalf of the board, I want to thank Andy Mooney for his leadership in driving the organizational changes that... Continue Reading →

In pictures: M&S’s new eco store in Newcastle

Intelligent door sensors, LED fridge lighting and a new heat reclaim system are all set to help Marks & Spencer Newcastle's energy efficiency by 20% – as well as enhancing the customer experience.Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its new-look eco-friendly store in Newcastle, which provides a number of green features.The Northumberland Street store has... Continue Reading →

Push to buy: Amazon introduces Dash Button

Amazon unveiled its new Dash Button Tuesday that lets users order everyday household items with the press of a button. Available to Amazon Prime members on an invitation-only basis at launch, the adhesive buttons are connected to users' WiFi—once pressed, an order is automatically sent to Amazon and shipped. Amazon only responds to the first press of the button... Continue Reading →

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