Calendar shifts may have sent sales at John Lewis in the pre-Christmas week up and sales in the post-Christmas week down but there was no disguising that overall, the chain was one of the winners from the holiday season.
The 2017 edition of the Mercedes Benz-sponsored event will host debut shows from Custo Barcelona, Marcos Luengo and Menchén Tomás, as Charo Izquierdo takes up the reins of the fashion week as new director.
It would have been hard for John Lewis to match its Black Friday week performance in its latest seven-day period but it did a good job, although fashion had a tough time with sales in this directory falling.
Payment card machine maker VeriFone Systems Inc said it had extended its partnership with British payments processor Worldpay Group, allowing the U.S. firm to bring its payment solutions to Worldpay's UK customers.
From textiles and shoes to paper and furniture, Chinese manufacturers are pouring investments into neighbouring Vietnam, hoping to ride on the coattails of the Southeast Asian country's pending trade blitz.