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UK retail sales rise, fashion is key driver, say BRC and Barclaycard

UK retail sales rise, fashion is key driver, say BRC and Barclaycard

​More evidence came through on Tuesday showing that fashion was a key driver of retail spending in the UK last month. Two regular monthly reports (from the BRC and Barclaycard) called out fashion as a star category.
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London Designer Outlet sales and footfall recover, names new GM

London Designer Outlet sales and footfall recover, names new GM

​Thriving London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park is securely on the recovery trail as the centre “sees sales approach pre-pandemic levels, having taken on a raft of new brands over the course of the past two years."
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Electronic payments rule as cash-carrying narrows in UK - report

Electronic payments rule as cash-carrying narrows in UK - report

More than half of Britons (52%) now claim they never take notes or coins with them on routine trips, instead using their mobile phone to make payments, according to a nationwide survey. 
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West End footfall "flatlines" despite busy Saturday, other cities are weak

West End footfall "flatlines" despite busy Saturday, other cities are weak

​Footfall in London’s West End was flat in the week starting November 29, The New West End Company said on Monday. That was despite NWEC reporting a big week-on-week increase on Saturday.
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Malmö Designer Village planned for 2025 debut, to be Scandinavia's largest

Malmö Designer Village planned for 2025 debut, to be Scandinavia's largest

​Sweden is to host Scandinavia’s largest designer outlet village with the project’s first phase set to open in summer 2025 while phase two will follow in autumn 2027.
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Primark has big plans for Ireland, makes flagship return to Country Carlow site

Primark has big plans for Ireland, makes flagship return to Country Carlow site

​Primark has big plans for its Republic of Ireland operation, earmarking €250 million (£212.7 million) of capital investment there over the next 10 years. 
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Omicron variant to boost online festive sales says ParcelHero

Omicron variant to boost online festive sales says ParcelHero

​UK consumer concerns over the new Omicron coronavirus variant will mean there will be another £35 billion+ online spend this Christmas, predicts ParcelHero.
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Textiles group Swiscot expands into fashion with SS20 launch

Textiles group Swiscot expands into fashion with SS20 launch

​Manchester-based textiles supplier Swiscot Group is expanding into fashion, launching its own clothing and accessories lines for SS22. The firm has begun supplying clients with white label and private label products. 
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Thailand's Central denies Selfridges buy after report says it won £4bn race for firm

Thailand's Central denies Selfridges buy after report says it won £4bn race for firm

Thailand’s Central Group has denied it’s in talks to buy Selfridges after it was reported globally that the firm will buy the business, perhaps as soon as this month.
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Malls and retail parks were Black Friday winners - Ipsos

Malls and retail parks were Black Friday winners - Ipsos

​Ease and buying in comfort played into the hands of shopping centres and retail parks when it came to Black Friday’s week-long shopping event, with both making the most of the cold weather.
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Britons to spend £8.4bn with indies for Xmas, fashion is key

Britons to spend £8.4bn with indies for Xmas, fashion is key

​UK shoppers plan to spend £8.4 billion on buying Christmas gifts from independent retailers, some £2 billion more that a year ago, new research from Direct Line business insurance shows. That's 28% of their budget.
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A first for Asda as it charters ship to ensure stock reaches stores

A first for Asda as it charters ship to ensure stock reaches stores

As concerns mount over supplies, UK supermarket giant Asda is following in John Lewis Partnership’s wake by chartering its own cargo ship to ensure shelves remain stocked with key festive products.
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Shaftesbury on speedy road to recovery as business bounce quickens in H2

Shaftesbury on speedy road to recovery as business bounce quickens in H2

​How’s this for a positive trading statement opening: “Confidence, footfall, trading recovering; rebound in occupier demand driving vacancy down towards pre-pandemic levels; valuation recovery in second half”.
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Raft of fashion retailers bring last Christmas delivery dates forward

Raft of fashion retailers bring last Christmas delivery dates forward

UK consumers planning to shop last-minute for Christmas beware. A host of major fashion retailers have brought forward their final online order dates, according to ParcelHero.
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Buy now pay later numbers leap in UK

Buy now pay later numbers leap in UK

​Around 15 million people in the UK are using buy now, pay later (BNPL) credit, a rise of 23% year-on-year, a new study has shown.
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Inditex founder's daughter to become chairwoman, new CEO named

Inditex founder's daughter to become chairwoman, new CEO named

​Spanish fashion retail giant Inditex said Tuesday Marta Ortega, the daughter of its founder, will take over as chairwoman in April with a new CEO, as a last step of a generational handover started a decade ago.
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