Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Boots steps up store investment to lift sales

Boots is ramping up spending on stores and experimenting with new formats as it looks to lift sales and take back market share.The...

Boots to open concept store in London with YouTube studio

Boots is opening a concept store featuring a beauty hall with its own YouTube studio as part of one of the biggest makeovers...

Bathstore goes into administration, putting 500 jobs at risk

Bathstore, the UK’s biggest bathroom specialist, has collapsed into administration after failing to find a buyer, putting more than 500 jobs at risk. The...

Bonmarché rethinks rescue bid after weak trading

The struggling clothing chain Bonmarché said that trading in recent months was so poor it was recommending a £5.7m rescue bid from the...

How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? June verdict

Mounting no-deal Brexit fears hit sterling </body></html>"> The rising likelihood of no-deal Brexit has dragged down the pound on the foreign exchanges over the past...

Ikea gets green light to build affordable homes in UK

Homebuyers in a town where properties typically cost almost 12 times local salaries may soon have a low-cost option from Ikea after a...

Wayfair workers plan walkout over company furnishing border camps

Hundreds of employees of the online home goods company Wayfair will stage a walkout on Wednesday in protest against its involvement in furnishing...

Insects tipped to rival sushi as fashionable food of the future

Cricket crisps and buffalo worm burgers could be as fashionable as sushi within a decade due to falling prices and a waning “yuck...

UK retail sales survey points to woes continuing in June

UK retail sales were hit by unseasonably cold weather in May and the trend seems to have continued in June, according to a...

The battle to turn Arkansas's dry counties wet – with Walmart's help

Warwick Milner sits outside Cove Creek Corner Store, a gas station in Cleburne county, Arkansas. Despite a nearby lake attracting tourists from neighboring...

Co-op to trial 100% compostable wrappers at Glastonbury

Sandwiches in 100% compostable packaging will go on sale at Glastonbury festival which starts on Wednesday, as part of a trial launched by...

Monsoon restructuring puts 36 stores at risk

More than 30 Monsoon and Accessorize stores could shut under the retailer’s restructuring proposals even though the company has stressed its plans involve...

Boots to ban plastic bags and switch to brown paper carriers

Boots will phase out all plastic bags from its stores by 2020, replacing them with brown paper bags. The move will remove from use...

'Shopping while black': Yes, bias against black customers is real | Cassi Pittman Claytor

Name a store, any store, from Fifth Avenue to Main Street, and I’ll bet that I can find a black person who has...

How a £1 bikini revealed the changing shape of fast fashion

It was billed as the bikini that “won’t break your bank balance but might break the internet” because of the predicted stampede of...

The real cost of cheap, fast fashion – to workers and to the planet

It comes in red, mustard and black, in sizes 6 up to 16; the bandeau bodycon minidress, is, according to the online retailer...

NGO's softly-softly tactics tackle labor abuses at Malaysia factories

The 18-month investigation unearthed serious abuses at five apparel factories in Malaysia – hundreds of migrant workers had paid illegal recruitment fees that...

Game Digital agrees to £52m takeover by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct

Game Digital has agreed to a £52m takeover by retail tycoon Mike Ashley, potentially paving the way for video gamers to descend on...

Fast fashion is on the rampage, with the UK at the head of the...

Fast fashion – the rapid system of trend-driven, low-cost clothing manufacture beloved by UK consumers – is on the rampage. We crossed a...

Philip Green & the Trouble With Topshop review – ignoring the real scandal

Here is a question. When you consider where we are at with the ever-so-British quagmire that is the Sir Philip Green scandal, where...

High street landlords hold a weak hand at the CVA poker game

Sir Philip Green, a near-billionaire with a superyacht, couldn’t afford to pay his rent. Nor, it seems, can Peter Simon, a half-billionaire whose...

Monsoon calls on landlords to cut rents

Monsoon Accessorize is calling on landlords to reduce rents at more than half of its stores in return for a share of £10m...

Beet this: Sainsbury’s opens UK's first meat-free butcher

“That mince ain’t doing it for me,” says an unconvinced Jane Taylor, peering in the butcher shop window at a pile of pink...

Monsoon Accessorize asks landlords to cut rents but plans to avoid closures

Monsoon Accessorize is asking landlords to reduce rent for more than half its 258 leased stores in return for an £18m interest-free loan...

Lloyds Pharmacy apologises to woman refused emergency contraception

A pharmacy chain has apologised after a woman was refused emergency contraception because the pharmacist said it went against her personal beliefs. Siani, 41,...

Fears for UK economy rise as shoppers rein in spending again

Britain’s consumers have reined in spending after an unseasonably cold May prompted a sharp decline in summer clothing sales. The Office for National Statistics...

Cold weather hits UK retail sales in May 

After a good start to the year, UK retail sales cooled in May, hit by the unseasonably cold weather and boding poorly for...

Dixons Carphone reveals big losses at mobile phone shops

Shares in Dixons Carphone, Britain’s biggest electrical and mobile phone retailer, slumped almost 30% as it reported a big fall in profits and...

Luxury handbag maker Mulberry heads to the pub after £5m loss

The luxury handbag maker Mulberry is aiming to raise its profile with younger shoppers with a series of music gigs in pubs after...

Bathstore faces collapse putting 700 jobs, 168 stores at risk

Bathstore, the UK’s biggest bathroom specialist, is the latest retailer facing a financial crunch, putting hundreds more high street jobs at risk. Advisory firm...