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John Lewis told to deal "fairly with consumers in future" after Black Friday controversy

Wednesday 08 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

John Lewis has come under fire from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following an “unfair” promotion on Black Friday. A price match promotion which advertised the Apple watch for £249 garnered a complaint from a shopper after they were told the watch was out of stock ...


Dixons Carphone boast Christmas sales boost

Tuesday 24 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Dixons Carphone has posted its fifth consecutive year of growth over the Christmas trading period, boosted by major sales days. Group sales for the electricals retailer rose by eight per cent in the 10 weeks to January 7, with UK like-for-like sales up six per cent and overall...


Debenhams' beauty & gift ranges aid healthy growth

Thursday 12 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Debenhams is the latest big retailer to report a bumper Christmas period, as a huge swell in beauty and gift items uplifted its figures. A rise in non-clothing sales which accounted for 57 per cent of overall sales, aided an overall like-for-like sales growth of 3.5 per cent i...


House of Fraser welcomes "record sales figures"

Wednesday 11 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

House of Fraser's Christmas trading update has revealed record sales amid a troubled quarter. In the six weeks to December 31 the department store chain posted a 2.7 per cent rise in like-for-like sales alongside a gross margin growth of one per cent. According to the retailer...


2016 Christmas sales "even bigger than Black Friday"

Tuesday 10 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The last five weeks of a demanding year proved a high point for retailers with sales increasing on a total basis by 1.7 per cent, better than the one per cent rise seen in 2015. New figures from the BRC-KMPG Retail Sales Monitor showed like-for-like sales were also boosted by ...


UK high streets endure a rough Christmas

Friday 06 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

This Christmas saw high streets in the UK endure a disappointing festive trading season, with underlying sales down 0.1 per cent on 2015 — making it the worst trading month since 2008. New figures from consultancy firm BDO have revealed that this December’s sales fell for the ...


7.3% drop in footfall sees Boxing Day compound tough festive period

Wednesday 28 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Boxing Day sales have seen a sharp decline this year as Brexit fears and the popularity of online shopping take their toll. New figures from Springboard have found that footfall across the UK was down by 7.3 per cent on Boxing Day, historically a key date for retailers. Shoppi...


10 Biggest Retail News of 2016

Thursday 22 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens & Elias Jahshan

The world is a very different place after the rollercoaster ride that was 2016, the retail sector is certainly no different. Here are the top 10 stories that made waves in the retail sector this year — as picked by Retail Gazette's journalist Ben Stevens and editor Elias Jahsh...


West End to rake in £50m on Christmas Eve "Super Saturday"

Wednesday 21 December 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Retailers in London’s West End a bracing themselves for Super Saturday this weekend, with a surge of last-minute Christmas shoppers expected take over the district. With Christmas Eve falling on a Saturday this year, the day is expected to be busier than ever for West End reta...


Online shoppers were up in November, but basket value declined

Tuesday 20 December 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

There may have been lots of heavy discounting online but the average basket value fell across the board – except for home and garden – last month, thanks to the Black Friday sales weekend. The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index have revealed the extent ...