Beauty demand buoys Boots after US owner halts sale plan

Boots’ like-for-like retail sales increased by 24% for the period, driven by its beauty business. Henry Saker-Clark7 hours ago Boots has revealed a surge in sales over the past quarter as shoppers flooded back to UK high streets amid strong demand for its beauty products. It comes just days after US owner Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)... Continue Reading →

New ‘high street revival’ plans revealed to rescue UK retail

// New plans to transform over 200 retail units revealed as part of a “high street revival” scheme // The report is considering the introduction of a High Street Buyout Fund to help communities buy empty high street properties New plans to transform over 200 UK retail properties have been revealed as part of a “high street... Continue Reading →

Amazon’s new retail CEO makes clear his top priority in first email to employees. Read the full memo here.

Amazon's retail CEO Doug Herrington Amazon's new retail CEO Doug Herrington wrote his first email to employees on Tuesday outlining his plans as head of worldwide stores.Herrington emphasized working more closely with Amazon's operations unit as a top priority.He replaces Dave Clark, who abruptly resigned last month. Amazon promoted longtime executive Doug Herrington to CEO of Worldwide... Continue Reading →

UK Abercrombie & Fitch stores get same-day delivery option

As consumer expectations of delivery times get more and more demanding, Abercrombie & Fitch has expanded its same-day delivery option to most of its UK stores.Photo: Sandra Halliday  That means 30+ branches that are able to fulfil orders from the Abercrombie & Fitch (including Abercrombie Kids), Hollister, Social Tourist and Gilly Hicks webstores.The American company is working with logistics firms... Continue Reading →

S.African retailer Mr Price annual earnings jump on rebound from COVID lows

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -South African retailer Mr Price Group Ltd posted a 20.1% jump in full-year earnings on Thursday, as consumers coming out of the COVID-19 lockdowns revamped their wardrobes and homes, with acquisitions adding a boost. The largely budget clothing and homeware retailer has benefited from its lower-price model, which continues to attract financially constrained... Continue Reading →

Dubai’s Retail Giant Majid Al Futtaim Accepts Crypto at 29 Shopping Malls and 13 Hotels in Partnership With Binance

Leading shopping mall operator Majid Al Futtaim has partnered with Binance to accept cryptocurrencies at its malls and other properties. “Majid Al Futtaim is one of the most prestigious businesses in the Middle East and has millions of customers every year,” said the CEO of Binance. Majid Al Futtaim, a leading operator of shopping malls,... Continue Reading →

Funding boost for UK’s franchising sector

HSBC launch their latest significant financial support for the country’s SMEs. HSBC’s ongoing support for the UK franchising industry has been further boosted by the news that the global banking giant has made available an extra £500m of funding for businesses across the country. Since launching their UK SME Fund in 2014, HSBC has loaned... Continue Reading →

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group buys Missguided for £20m

Frasers Group has bought Missguided // Frasers Group has bought Missguided out of administration for £20m // The Sports Direct-owner will operate Missguided as a separate business Frasers Group has bought Missguided out of administration for £20million, beating off competition from Boohoo. The retail group has also bought Missguided owned menswear site Mennace. It plans to operate... Continue Reading →

Family-owned fragrances retailer Bodycare plots sale

The nationwide retailer founded on a Lancashire market stall in 1970 has hired Interpath Advisory to court potential buyers, Sky News understands. A family-owned fragrances retailer founded on a Lancashire market stall more than half a century ago has appointed advisers to explore a sale. Sky News understands that Bodycare, which trades from more than 100... Continue Reading →

The Good Ship M&S Never Had It Better

Good times.Photographer: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP Andrea Felsted25 May 2022, 10:59 BST Britain’s retail stalwart emerged from Covid in excellent shape. Unfortunately, the good times are coming to an end. “Never the same again” was the name Marks & Spencer Group Plc gave to its effort to transform in the wake of Covid-19. But perhaps “Never had it so good”... Continue Reading →

The Very Group revives £4bn IPO plans

The Very Group called off an IPO last year due to stock market volatility // The Very Group owners, the Barclay family, is targeting floating the business in mid-2023 // The online retail group had been gearing up to an IPO last year but called off plans amid growing volatility over tech stock The Very Group... Continue Reading →

Google opens second retail store

By Tatiana Walk-Morris Courtesy of Google Dive Brief: Google on Wednesday announced it is opening a retail store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as the first of its upcoming neighborhood stores that pay homage to their surrounding communities, according to a press release. It is the company’s second store in New York City, following the opening of a flagship store in... Continue Reading →

Made.com acquires online marketplace Trouva

Made.com has acquired online platform Trouva in an effort to grow its marketplace business. Trouva’s is a sales platform for independent boutiques and brands, and provides customers with a curated range of homewares, lifestyle and fashion products. The marketplace will continue to operate as a standalone brand led by the current leadership team of chief... Continue Reading →

Clicks retail sales rise as it grows market share

PHARMACY, health and beauty retailer Clicks said yesterday that its interim retail sales increased 13.6 percent, bolstered by market share gain and a robust expansion of its stores and pharmacy network. The company said its clubcard membership grew and accounted for 81 percent of the group’s sales in the six months. In an interview, Clicks... Continue Reading →

Apple’s Second Retail Store Is Unionizing

This is the third US Apple Retail store to seek unionization. An Apple retail store located in the Towson Town Center Mall in Maryland announced today that it has filed for a union election. In a press release, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) organizer Dave DiMaria announced that the employees at the Maryland-based... Continue Reading →

J.C. Penney is reinventing itself. Again.

Daphne Howland/Retail Dive If there’s one thing that’s become predictable at J.C. Penney in the last decade or so, it’s constant change. The company has had five chief executives in that time, each with their own ideas about how to turn over its steadily declining fortunes. That included efforts like restoring and then again ending appliance sales,... Continue Reading →

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