Once again it was fashion that carried John Lewis through the latest week with the period to April 1 seeing total sales down 6%. Not that it is worried as the later timing of Easter is still distorting sales patterns.
UK fashion retailer All Saints has seen a fourth successive year of growth with sales in the year to January 30 up 9% to £252.5m from £231.3m. It saw UK sales up 7.4% to £144.3m and international sales up 12% to £108.2m.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announced it has expanded its existing relationship with Majid Al Futtaim Fashion, its retail partner in the Middle East. The new markets include Saudi Arabia, Quatar, Bharain and Oman.
Dubai-based business house Al-Futtaim has announced a partnership with Middle-Eastern luxury goods expert Chalhoub Group to bring 150-year old Singapore department store Robinsons to the GCC and Middle-East region.
Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) will spend about one billion dirhams ($272.3 million) expanding one of the emirate's largest malls, which houses an indoor ski slope, in a further sign of a revival in its retail and tou...