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D’Orsay launches fresh scents, as CEO Amélie Huynh debuts restaurant in Toulouse Lautrec’s chateau

D’Orsay launches fresh scents, as CEO Amélie Huynh debuts restaurant in Toulouse Lautrec’s chateau

It’s been a busy week for Amélie Huynh, the CEO of Parfums D’Orsay, the inventive French perfume marque, who just launched a series of new scents and interior fragrances in Paris.
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West End bounce-back continues after further lockdown easing

West End bounce-back continues after further lockdown easing

​The reopening of pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues on Monday boosted footfall to the West End this week, which would have had a positive knock-on effect on retailers in the district.
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Emporio Armani Caffè reopens in Paris with terrace

Emporio Armani Caffè reopens in Paris with terrace

“Un café, s’il vous plaît!” Coffee time is about to return to Paris, notably at Emporio Armani Caffè, which will reopen for business on May 19, when France finally authorizes the use of restaurant and café terraces.
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M&S revamps leadership team as next step of strategy

M&S revamps leadership team as next step of strategy

​M&S has unveiled a major realignment of its senior leadership team with CEO Steve Rowe making the changes after saying the firm has finished the ‘Fixing the Basics’ part of its strategy and is ready for the next step.
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Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Singapore-based specialist in the digitisation of retail brands, Trax has announced that it has raised funds totalling €539 million ($640 million) which it will use to develop its services for retailers.
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Covent Garden landlord Capco upbeat on 2021 prospects

Covent Garden landlord Capco upbeat on 2021 prospects

There are 34 days (and counting) to go until non-essential retail reopens in England and optimism mounts. And London's Covent Garden surely isn't alone in its enthusiasm to return to business.
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Kith opens first European store in Paris

Kith opens first European store in Paris

The American brand founded by Ronnie Fieg is opening a store in the French capital. Spread over three floors, the 16,000-square-foot location not only offers the label's latest collections, but also a restaurant. 
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Jay-Z sells half his champagne brand to LVMH

Jay-Z sells half his champagne brand to LVMH

LVMH, the world's biggest luxury goods company, said on Monday it had agreed to buy 50 percent of Armand de Brignac, the champagne brand owned by rapper Jay-Z.
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Skinnydip dives into AI-powered merchandising and A/B testing to boost online sales

Skinnydip dives into AI-powered merchandising and A/B testing to boost online sales

It took the pandemic to shift all sales operations online. So clothing, lifestyle and accessories retailer Skinnydip London introduced automated merchandising and A/B testing technology to boost its digital operations.
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Harrods sales, profits rose last year but retailer faces huge challenges today

Harrods sales, profits rose last year but retailer faces huge challenges today

2020 has proved to be “a significant challenge” for luxury store Harrods, but before the unprecedented events that began in March, the business posted rises in both sales and profits. 
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Fortnum & Mason names Matchesfashion's Athron to top post

Fortnum & Mason names Matchesfashion's Athron to top post

​Fortnum and Mason has found a new CEO with Matchesfashion’s Tom Athron set to join in the post on December 1. The appointment comes after Ewan Venters announced in September that he would leave the company in January.
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Notonthehighstreet mulls £200m sale on revenues surge - report

Notonthehighstreet mulls £200m sale on revenues surge - report

Notonthehighstreet has thrived during the pandemic with the result that the online marketplace for small businesses is reportedly considering a sale to private equity or a trade bidder.
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Unilever clears first hurdle in planned unification move

Unilever clears first hurdle in planned unification move

​Unilever NV shareholders have approved plans to end the Anglo-Dutch company's dual-headed corporate structure and form a London-based entity, which it says will make dealmaking simpler.
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Fortnum & Mason CEO to quit for arts job

Fortnum & Mason CEO to quit for arts job

Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters is leaving the luxury department store after eight years to take up the top role at international art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
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Britain's Selfridges to axe jobs on virus retail storm

Britain's Selfridges to axe jobs on virus retail storm

British department store group Selfridges warned Tuesday that it plans to axe 450 jobs after sales slumped due to the coronavirus and the aftermath of the nationwide lockdown.
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Italy to reopen shops as lockdown eases further

Italy to reopen shops as lockdown eases further

Shops, restaurants and hair salons prepared to reopen in Italy on Monday as the government further eased one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns. 
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