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As Arcadia fails, speculation mounts over its future, as do fears for its suppliers

As Arcadia fails, speculation mounts over its future, as do fears for its suppliers

Arcadia is now operating in administration with speculation that Boohoo, Frasers, Next and M&S would be interested in buying parts of it. There are also fears over the knock-on effect on its suppliers.
Fashion
English stores get green light to open longer for pre-Christmas shopping and beyond

English stores get green light to open longer for pre-Christmas shopping and beyond

In a timely boost for brick & mortar retailers, stores will be able to greatly extend trading hours, not only in the three-week run-up to Christmas, but for the post-festive period into January.
Fashion
England's retailers await three-week shopping frenzy ​after first fully-digital Black Friday

England's retailers await three-week shopping frenzy ​after first fully-digital Black Friday

The end of England’s second lockdown can’t come quick enough for store retailers. As they brace themselves for a three-week pre-Christmas shopping frenzy, they’re already having to play serious catch-up.
Fashion
Mixed picture for Black Friday sales, fashion and beauty prove popular

Mixed picture for Black Friday sales, fashion and beauty prove popular

Black Friday sales dipped overall, but online orders rose as English shops stayed closed. Meanwhile, it seem that charity was also on people's minds as they shopped.
Fashion
Unilever becomes wholly British company

Unilever becomes wholly British company

Consumer goods giant Unilever said Monday that it has become a wholly British company, completing a historic merger of its Dutch and British corporate entities to end its double-headed structure.
Beauty
John lewis stops taking non-UK online orders

John lewis stops taking non-UK online orders

​John Lewis is closing its International business just as the firm prepares to reopen its stores in England and as its online business prepares for what’s usually a wave of international orders. 
Fashion
Frasers confirms Arcadia interest, loan offer is declined

Frasers confirms Arcadia interest, loan offer is declined

​Frasers Group has confirmed that it would be interested in buying some or all of Arcadia's brands if the struggling business enters administration as expected.
Fashion
Arcadia woes threaten JD Sports interest in Debenhams

Arcadia woes threaten JD Sports interest in Debenhams

​Arcadia’s expected administration filing could derail JD Sports’ plan to buy Debenhams as Arcadia’s brands are a huge presence in the department store chain via a large number of concessions. 
Fashion
Arcadia administration imminent: could Frasers or Boohoo buy brands?

Arcadia administration imminent: could Frasers or Boohoo buy brands?

Giant fashion group Arcadia is believed to be on the verge of the worst UK corporate collapse of the Covid crisis, with the firm expected to go into administration as early as Monday. This would put 13,000 jobs at risk.
Fashion
​Boots appoints Markey to head new marketing initiatives

​Boots appoints Markey to head new marketing initiatives

Health and beauty retailer Boots has appointed Pete Markey chief marketing officer for its UK and Ireland operations, effective February. He replaces Helen Normoyle, who has left the retailer.
Beauty
King’s Cross retailers launch pre-Christmas 'United We Shop' campaign

King’s Cross retailers launch pre-Christmas 'United We Shop' campaign

Over 30 retail brands from across the London’s King’s Cross and Coal Drops Yard retail destination have launched a combined ‘United We Shop’ campaign, supporting the area’s extensively redeveloped shopping streets.
Fashion
Hammerson names Grégoire Peureux to new COO role

Hammerson names Grégoire Peureux to new COO role

Retail property giant Hammerson has created a new senior role with Grégoire Peureux joining it as Chief Operating Officer. He will “focus on the delivery of strategic initiatives at a group level”.
Fashion
Black Friday shopping down in double-digits says Barclaycard

Black Friday shopping down in double-digits says Barclaycard

Barclaycard has said that the volume of sales transactions up to 4pm was down 16.7% on Black Friday. The company’s figures are particularly useful because it actually almost £1 in every £3 spent in the UK.
Fashion
Harvey Nichols owner Dickson Concepts in profit, despite tough H1

Harvey Nichols owner Dickson Concepts in profit, despite tough H1

​The six months to the end of September may have been a devastating time for retailers, but Dickson Concepts managed to turn a profit in the first half of its financial year, despite lower sales.
Luxury
Beauty blow: campaign calls for end to polluting plastic sample sachets

Beauty blow: campaign calls for end to polluting plastic sample sachets

What has long been a core and vital marketing and sales tool for the beauty industry is under threat: product sampling in plastic sachets.
Beauty
​Debt-free MySale says annual sales slide

​Debt-free MySale says annual sales slide

Profitable and debt-free are two elements to any results statement worth opening with in Covid-crushed times like these. So it’s little wonder Australia-based e-tailer MySale Group was in an upbeat mood Thursday. 
Fashion