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Happy April 12: retail reopening to see footfall leap - Springboard

Happy April 12: retail reopening to see footfall leap - Springboard

Prepare for the footfall surge. With the 12 April date set for the long-awaited reopening of non-essential retail in England, UK stores can expected a 47.9% week-on-week leap in footfall, according to Springboard data.
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Consumers seek physical-digital shopping mix, embrace social commerce - report

Consumers seek physical-digital shopping mix, embrace social commerce - report

Consumers have shifted to e-shopping in the past year, but when stores reopen, they'll be glad to get back to physical shopping. Yet digital habits are ingrained for consumers globally and social commerce is on the rise.
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John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

​John Lewis’s buying director of fashion is set to stand down after many years at the firm. But it seems the move isn't linked to the retailer’s general restructuring. Christine Kasoulis will leave to focus on her MBA. 
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Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Increasingly under-fire e-commerce retailers are making a stand. ASOS, Boohoo, The Hut Group, Ocado, AO World and Gymshark have launched The UK Digital Business Association (UKDBA).
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'Shoppertainment' is key trend for European e-commerce says new study

'Shoppertainment' is key trend for European e-commerce says new study

​European consumers are embracing ‘shoppertainment’, a new study of of more than 14,000 of them shows. And live-streaming commerce is a key part of this.
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Frasers announces £100m+ lockdown-linked impairment charge

Frasers announces £100m+ lockdown-linked impairment charge

​There’s speculation that there could be more store closures ahead for Frasers Group as the giant retail operation has announced a major impairment charge against its stores as a result of lockdowns.
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​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

As the UK prime minister laid out his cautious ‘one-way road to freedom’ strategy to get the English economy reopened by May, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned the plan could be too late for many businesses.
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Battersea Power Station makes key hires ahead of opening

Battersea Power Station makes key hires ahead of opening

Battersea Power Station, the major development that includes a new shopping centre on the edge of central London, has announced some key roles as the retail part of the site gears up for its opening.
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Facebook launches Shop tool in UK, Canada

Facebook launches Shop tool in UK, Canada

Facebook has unveiled new shopping features in the UK and Canada with the appearance of its ‘Shop’ bookmark that gives users the ability to browse virtual storefronts.
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Festival Place to see H&M's first UK store with new look and feel for the brand

Festival Place to see H&M's first UK store with new look and feel for the brand

​H&M will open its first new-look store in the UK at Basingstoke’s Festival Place in early summer, with the mall saying the giant shop will “offer a very different interior look and feel to other H&M stores.
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UK shoppers continue drift back to stores, even though most are closed

UK shoppers continue drift back to stores, even though most are closed

​With the government unwilling to allow non-essential shops to reopen very quickly, UK consumers are voting with their feet and continuing to drift back to physical shopping, even though most stores are closed.
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No pre-Easter lockdown exit for non-essential English stores, April 12 is big day

No pre-Easter lockdown exit for non-essential English stores, April 12 is big day

​The vaccination programme may be dealing with many millions of people every week and the spread of the virus may be sharply down, but it seems there’s no good news on the reopening of non-essential shops any time soon. 
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John Lewis could close more stores - report

John Lewis could close more stores - report

A report at the weekend suggested that John Lewis is looking at the closure of up to another eight of its remaining 42 departments stores following the closure of eight stores last year.
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Tiny rise in February consumer confidence fails to mask challenges ahead - GfK

Tiny rise in February consumer confidence fails to mask challenges ahead - GfK

UK consumer confidence is showing signs of recovery… albeit slowly. But any positive reading in February’s main Consumer Confidence Index isn’t anywhere near enough to reflect a “spring back to life”, GfK’s said Friday. 
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Next chief calls for urgent action on business rates

Next chief calls for urgent action on business rates

Despite growing calls for urgent action on high street business rates, the UK government is expected to delay any decision until the autumn, according to reports.
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Oxford Street regeneration plan fails to convince property sector

Oxford Street regeneration plan fails to convince property sector

Some property experts have dismissed the Westminster City Council plans for the revitalisation post-pandemic of Oxford Street and the surrounding areas.
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