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Fortnum and Mason open Heathrow store

Fortnum and Mason are among a string of retailers to open a new store at Heathrow Terminal 5 as retailers move into the booming travel sector.The 1,000 sq ft store will focus on food gifting such as its famous hampers and will sell fresh food and ...
09:01AM - Fri 25th July 2014
John Lewis' new Heathrow store

John Lewis continues to see home sales boom

Sales of home products soared at John Lewis last week as its last week of clearance sales surged 20 per cent on last year.Textiles, carpets and wedding gifts drove a rise in home products of 23 per cent.David Barford, director of selling at John L...
10:46AM - Fri 18th July 2014

Wearable tech rise at John Lewis shows appetite for fitness fuelled fun

Weekly sales from John Lewis have shown that consumers want wearable technology that helps them achieve their personal goals.The TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Watch, which retails at £250, provides real time running statistics, including distance, time...
04:40PM - Wed 2nd July 2014
Debenhams gross margin guidance for the full year is unchanged

Debenhams to sell Sports Direct and Costa products in-store this summer

Debenhams has confirmed it will sell products from Sports Direct and Costa from in-store concessions.The news was revealed in a statement by the company as it revealed its first quarter sales figures.Costa will launch concessions in six stores in ...
09:46AM - Fri 20th June 2014
Image: Asos

John Lewis and Asos hint at social media review

Conventional wisdom maintains that a significant proportion of retail sales will take place through the use of social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.However, although evidence is still limited and sketchy, the assumption is...
01:00PM - Tue 13th May 2014
Department store House of Fraser, 89% owned by Chinese firm Sanpower, is nearing expansion in China

Online British retailers tempt overseas consumers

The number of overseas consumers searching for British clothing and footwear retailers have surged as retailers improved their multi-channel strategy.Figures from the British Retail Consortium and Google showed a 13 per cent rise in the number of ...
09:19AM - Mon 28th April 2014

Turnaround plan begins at Debenhams after profit hit

Pre-tax profit has plummeted at department store Debenhams as it failed to keep up with rivals John Lewis and House of Fraser.Profit before tax fell 24.5 per cent to £85.2m but group like-for-like sales rose 1.5 per cent for the 26 weeks to 1 Marc...
10:33AM - Tue 15th April 2014
Selfridges were the first retailer to place Chip and Pin terminals in-store for Chinese consumers

Chinese spend surges in Manchester

Shopping tourism firm Global Blue say spending from Chinese shoppers now represents 50 per cent of total international spend in Manchester.Chinese spend rose 29 per cent in Manchester last year.There was also a 70 per cent sales surge from Kuwaiti...
10:10AM - Fri 11th April 2014

House of Fraser in talks to sell business to Chinese millionaire

Premium department store group House of Fraser is in discussions with a Chinese multi-millionaire to sell the business for £450m.The proposed takeover, first reported by the Sunday Times, was tabled by the Chinese conglomerate Sanpower founded by ...
11:12AM - Mon 31st March 2014
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