What did Britain buy in 2015?

Britain has a £6bn a week shopping habit. With insight from eBay, which has acted as a barometer of British shopping trends in 2015, and Mary Portas, who presented ‘What Britain Bought in 2015’ on Channel 4 last night, here’s a look at what Brits are doing with all that money. •After it was proven... Continue Reading →

Selfridges celebrates new sales record

Selfridges experienced the most profitable hour in its history as shoppers turned out in their thousands for post-Christmas deals.  Crowds appeared outside Selfridges stores across Britain, in some cases as early as 1am, to take advantage of Boxing Day sales. The dense crowds were a welcome reappearance as recent sales events have seen high street... Continue Reading →

Lee clothing now sold in vending machines

Focus on Chinese tourists on the cards The Lee jeans brand is exploring new opportunities from foreign tourists and vending machines. Putthichai Chaiyaweach, senior brand manager for Lee jeans at Central Marketing Group, said CMG had begun selling Lee T-shirts from a vending machine, a first for Thailand. CMG has four Lee vending machines --... Continue Reading →

The 5 Best Retail Stories Of 2015

From dancing sharks at the Super Bowl and the end of the Mad Men era to the rise of Amy Schumer and Star Wars pandemonium, this year was filled with plenty of entertaining and inspiring moments. It wasn’t just celebs and pop culture that caught the eye of marketers, though. In the world of retail,... Continue Reading →

Gap to open 10 new stores in China

San Francisco-based clothing and accessories retailer Gap Inc plans to open 10 new stores in China in the next two months according to Shanghai Daily. After entering the country only in 2010, China has emerged as the most significant growth market for the group. The company will aim for keeping the same pace of growth... Continue Reading →

Kurt Geiger sold to Cinven

Private equity firm Cinven has bought Kurt Geiger as part of its Christmas shopping, for an undisclosed sum.  Cinven picked up the footwear and accessories retailer from Sycamore partners. The Kurt Geiger package includes a portfolio of brands (such as Kurt Geiger London, KG, Miss KG and Carvela), 80 standalone global stores, partnerships with international... Continue Reading →

Harrods opens temporary outlet in Doha

London luxury department store Harrods has opened a temporary store in Doha for the Christmas period. The iconic store, which is owned by Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), opened a 6,500 square metre branch at Katara Cultural Village at the weekend. For the first week, the store is only open to VIP visitors, after which the... Continue Reading →

Chanel Pays Record Price for Retail Space

French luxury retailer Chanel SA is paying a record price for retail space in Los Angeles as prime shopping locations in the nation’s major urban areas command rising premiums. Chanel is purchasing the 11,500-square-foot building at 400 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for $152 million, or more than $13,000 a square foot, according to... Continue Reading →

Costa launches food-led concept store

Coffee shop chain Costa has opened a new food-led concept store on London's Tottenham Court Road called Costa Fresco. The specially designed store environment, by Caulder Moore, features designated zones for relaxing and a new way of presenting freshly baked food. 'We wanted our design to bring a natural, almost homely quality so that Costa... Continue Reading →

The best companies to work for in the UK in 2016: Oxfam and Schuh beat eighth-place Google Oxfam and footwear retailer Schuh have beaten Google in a employee ranking of the best companies to work for in the UK. The league table, compiled by Glassdoor for its eighth annual Employee's Choice awards, was topped by... Continue Reading →

Sun & Sand to add 20 stores in UAE 

The sports apparel retailer Sun & Sand will next year add a further 20 stores in the UAE as it expands across the region. The retailer, which runs more than 100 stores in the Emirates, also operates outlets for sub-brands such as Nike and Timberland. Gulf Marketing Group (GMG), the parent of Sun & Sand... Continue Reading →

Cyber Weekend generated around £3.3bn

It was a record breaking shopping weekend for retailers, with Cyber Monday rounding of four days of expenditure that totalled an estimated £3.3bn. Online sales on Black Friday were up 36% on last year, reaching £1.1bn, according to data from Experian and IMRG. This is the first time that a day of online sales in... Continue Reading →

Prada opens enlarged and renovated store in Manila

Prada celebrates the reopening of its recently expanded and renovated store inside the prestigious Greenbelt Ayala Center department store in Manila, Philippines. The space, designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, covers a total area of approximately 200 square metres on a single level and houses the women’s and men’s leather goods, accessories and footwear collections. The... Continue Reading →

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