Monday, July 15, 2019

Philip Green to close Miss Selfridge's flagship London store in July

Sir Philip Green is to close Miss Selfridge’s flagship London store in July as staff fear for the future of the fashion brand,...

Sainsbury’s and Asda challenge CMA over merger

Sainsbury’s and Asda have launched a legal challenge after complaining they are unable to meet the deadlines of the competition watchdog investigating their...

Mike Ashley sets sights on struggling furniture retailer Sofa.com

Mike Ashley could be about to make the leap from sportswear to sofa retailing with yet another takeover deal, this time of the...

Mike Ashley says he aims to keep 47 House of Fraser stores open

Mike Ashley is hoping to keep 47 out of 59 House of Fraser stores open, partly by turning over floors of larger shops...

'London can feel impersonal': why two men are replicating it in gingerbread

As we approach the fifth anniversary of Guardian Cities, we’re proudest of one thing above all. In an age of division and negativity,...

China franchisee acquires most of fashion retailer LK Bennett

Most of the UK assets of LK Bennett, the fashion and shoe retailer whose customers include prime minister Theresa May and the Duchess...

Sainsbury’s boss urges business tax reform

The chief executive of supermarket J Sainsbury has called for tax reform to ease the burden of business rates, but cautioned that overhauling...

Supermarket special offers contribute to obesity, says report

Special offers on unhealthy food and drinks should be restricted in an attempt to curb Britain’s expanding waistlines, experts have said. The UK government...

House of Fraser landlords take action over store closures

House of Fraser is facing a legal challenge from a group of landlords over a plan to close more than half its stores...

British Land swings to loss as retail turmoil weighs on portfolio

British Land swung to a loss in the year to March as turmoil in the retail sector dragged down the value of one...

Exit of Virgin Trains leaves behind a muddle over pension liabilities | Nils Pratley

The disappearance of Virgin Trains from the UK’s railways isn’t a cause for national mourning, however much Sir Richard Branson might wish otherwise....

Bleak run-up to Christmas caps sorry year for UK retail

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley and his key lieutenant Michael Murray had just spent half an hour telling analysts and investors how successful...

The John Lewis Bohemian Rhapsody ad: more fandango than magnifico | Jack Bernhardt

It doesn’t seem right for John Lewis to release one of its adverts in the summer. I was under the impression that there...

Walmart facing gender discrimination lawsuits from female employees

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is once again facing a raft of sexual discrimination lawsuits – eight years after the supreme court blocked...

Metro Bank got there eventually, but this story is not over yet

In July last year Metro Bank didn’t have to break sweat to raise £300m from investors. It got its money at £34.22 a...

Police investigate human bone found in Primark socks

Police are investigating the discovery of a human bone in a pair of socks bought from a Primark store. Essex police said the socks...

House of Fraser customers react to Sports Direct takeover

The House of Fraser department store on Guildford High Street was popular on Friday afternoon. As the summer rain beat down outside, customers...

Boohoo raises sales forecast after a very nice Christmas

The online fashion group Boohoo has emerged as a Christmas winner after young shoppers made a beeline for its PrettyLittleThing and Nasty Gal...

Supermarkets/property: all over the shop

Out-of-town supermarkets are blamed for ruining countryside and town centres alike. The hangar-like sheds are undeniably ugly. But are they unattractive investments too?...

Experience: I manage the last Blockbuster in the world

I remember watching my first rental movie when I was six years old. My aunt owned a video store here in Oregon and...

John Lewis rapped over 'unfair' Apple Watch promotion

John Lewis's corporate reputation has taken a blow after the advertising watchdog ruled an Apple Watch promotion at the store was "not conducted…...

Fortnum's to open first overseas standalone store in Hong Kong

Fortnum & Mason is to take its tea to China’s doorstep, with the opening in September of its first standalone overseas store in...

Tesco’s finest hour? Retailer hopes it has cause to celebrate interim results | Shane...

It seems the management at Tesco are in a good mood. Next week the supermarket chain will celebrating the 20th anniversary of its...

Could piped music in shops cause customers to make a bolt for it? |...

Jake Hulyer seems to accept the claims of the piped or background music industry with remarkable credulity (The long read, 6 November). Piped...

Problem in the bagging area: the plastic-shaming scheme that went very, very wrong

Name: Plastic shaming. Age: Brand new in its current form. Appearance: Liable to backfire. I already know what plastic shaming is. Me too. I asked a...

Clothing group Joules appoints retail veteran as new CEO

High-end clothes retailer Joules has named Nick Jones, a veteran of the UK retail industry, as its next chief executive.His appointment comes after...

John Lewis chairman to step down in 2020

Struggling department store John Lewis announced on Wednesday its chairman planned to step down but would help oversee the succession process, two months...

Debenhams faces crucial Christmas test

It is crunch time for Debenhams. This week’s wild swings in the UK department store’s share price underlined how pivotal trading in the...

Sears to stay open after chairman wins $5bn bankruptcy auction

Sears will live on at least for now. The company’s chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears, averting liquidation...