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Marks and Spencer caught in dispute with independent designer Tootsa MacGinty

Retail giant M&S have been accused of copying a pyjama design of an independent children’s clothing designer. Kate Pietrasik set up Tootsa MacGinty three years ago in an approach to change the high street’s gendered approach to children’s clothing...
11:14AM - Tue 2nd September 2014

Competitors try to topple richest retailer Zara

Competitor clothing retailers are charging at Spanish brand Zara like a bull attacking a red rag as they look to topple the world’s largest fast fashion brand and steal a portion of their profit.Having hit the Spanish streets in 2007, British valu...
10:29AM - Mon 1st September 2014

Original Penguin continue Scottish expansion

Iconic American brand, Original Penguin, have opened their second store in Scotland. The lifestyle brand, which was founded in 1955, have launched their new store in Glasgow’s popular Silverburn centre.Original Penguin have been enjoying increasin...
10:06AM - Thu 28th August 2014

Is Pinterest the new trend for communication?

Pinterest is currently the third most popular social network; the free app allows users to collect ideas for projects and interests. You can browse others interests and see what photos and videos they have liked, according to themes and topics. It...
10:02AM - Thu 28th August 2014

Game of Thrones star heads Karen Millen campaign

Karen Millen are hoping to grab their share of the international success enjoyed by Game of Thrones by choosing one of it’s young stars to front their latest campaign. The London-based retailer has appointed ‘Sansa Stark’, or rather actress Sophie...
09:48AM - Thu 28th August 2014
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Bank holiday washout costs retailers

Rain was not the only thing that fell this bank holiday weekend, the gusty winds and icy temperatures have meant that footfall figures were far lower than expected for UK retailers.The three day August holiday (which usually provides a boost for t...
10:55AM - Tue 26th August 2014
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Middle Eastern shoppers top spending tourists

Recent surveys have shown that the UK’s top spenders on the high street are not in fact from the UK at all. Middle Eastern tourists, predominantly from the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, have been splashing out on visits to London. On averag...
10:35AM - Tue 26th August 2014
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How House of Fraser is winning the department store battle

House of Fraser’s introduction of beacon technology for in-store mannequins underlines its continued commitment to creating a truly omnichannel experience for consumers. With over 60 stores nationwide, the traditional department store is anything ...
10:07AM - Wed 13th August 2014
A Debenhams UK store

Mothercare CFO joins Debenhams

Department store Debenhams has appointed former Mothercare chief financial officer Matt Smith as CFO.Smith, who has been Mothercare CFO since 2013, was finance director at Argos and has also worked for accounting firm KMPG.He will join the retaile...
08:58AM - Mon 28th July 2014
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