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Tough April for UK e-tail points to 'end of digital boom' - report

Tough April for UK e-tail points to 'end of digital boom' - report

​Good news for UK online fashion sales. Not so good news for digital beauty sales. Even worse for the e-tail industry as a whole. And after weak April numbers, it suggests the digital boom could well be over.
Fashion
West End set to boom on tourists' return - report

West End set to boom on tourists' return - report

​Cheery news for London retail. After the pandemic starved the capital of overseas tourists, they’re now expected to flock back, according to a new report.
Fashion
Amazon to reimburse U.S. employees who travel for abortions, other treatments

Amazon to reimburse U.S. employees who travel for abortions, other treatments

Amazon.com Inc, the second-largest U.S. private employer, told its staff on Monday it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life threatening medical treatments including abortions, reports said.
Lifestyle
Fashion and luxury flock to the Venice Biennale

Fashion and luxury flock to the Venice Biennale

From Dior to Chanel, Bottega Veneta to Louis Vuitton, luxury houses and brands such as Diesel or Drome are multiplying their artistic initiatives in Venice, where the 59th Art Biennale has just kicked off.
Luxury
Faire heads downunder with Australia entry

Faire heads downunder with Australia entry

Online wholesale marketplace Faire announced on Wednesday its entry into Australia, as the U.S. firm expands its global reach beyond North America and Europe. 
Fashion
Hermès Q1 sales are strong, group is upbeat despite volatile backdrop

Hermès Q1 sales are strong, group is upbeat despite volatile backdrop

​Luxury giant Hermès was the latest big name to update on recent trading on Thursday and it reported what we’ve seen elsewhere so far this year — “strong sales momentum across all business lines in all areas”.
Luxury
Jean Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show to land in London in July

Jean Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show to land in London in July

​Jean Paul Gaultier’s production Fashion Freak Show is returning to the London stage. The show, which explores Gaultier’s colourful life and career, previews at the Roundhouse in Camden on 15 July until 28 August.
Luxury
Duty-free retailer Dufry expects to open 90% of sales capacity by April

Duty-free retailer Dufry expects to open 90% of sales capacity by April

Swiss duty-free retailer Dufry expects to reopen more than 90% of its sales capacity by April as travel rebounds from the pandemic slump, it said on Tuesday, after its 2021 turnover met its worst case scenario forecast.
Lifestyle
Oxford's Street's "candy and tat shops" are on council hit list

Oxford's Street's "candy and tat shops" are on council hit list

​Seen by many as downmarket eyesores, Oxford Street’s raft of candy stores in London, alongside tourist shops and phone repair shops, could soon disappear if Westminster Council gets its way.
Fashion
Hermès booms in 2021, couldn't meet demand in Q4

Hermès booms in 2021, couldn't meet demand in Q4

​Hermès was the latest luxury group to signal a strong recovery on Friday with the French firm’s Q4 and full-year sales highlighting the resilience of the biggest global luxury names both during and after the pandemic.
Luxury
UK to lose top spot in European duty-free sales table

UK to lose top spot in European duty-free sales table

​As retailers continue to campaign against the UK's changes to VAT-free shopping rules, new analysis from GlobalData claims Britain will lose its top spot in the European ‘duty-free’ market as spend falls 70% by 2025.
Fashion
West End footfall rises after Plan B restrictions are eased

West End footfall rises after Plan B restrictions are eased

​The easing of Plan B Covid restrictions in England over the past week has seen consumers returning to London’s West End, which is home to the flagship stores of many of the fashion sector’s biggest retail names.
Fashion
Vilebrequin links with IMG for collabs, will expand into new categories

Vilebrequin links with IMG for collabs, will expand into new categories

​Luxe French swimwear label Vilebrequin has appointed IMG to “extend its brand globally through product and brand licensing partnerships, in a multi-year global deal”.
Fashion
Selfridges UK stores saw revenues falling 40% in first pandemic year

Selfridges UK stores saw revenues falling 40% in first pandemic year

​Selfridges Retail Limited has filed its full accounts for the year to the end of January 2021 and they show the devastation that the pandemic wreaked in what should have been another good year for the company.
Luxury
Harvey Nichols sales fall, losses grow, but it raises fresh funding

Harvey Nichols sales fall, losses grow, but it raises fresh funding

​Harvey Nichols saw its sales plummeting in the year to the end of March with a drop to £121 million from a pre-pandemic £222 million.
Luxury
Hong Kong retailers forge new path without mainland Chinese tourists

Hong Kong retailers forge new path without mainland Chinese tourists

Three years of democracy protests followed by a pandemic have devastated Hong Kong retailers who had grown used to relying on cash from mainland Chinese tourists.
Fashion