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Cultural Holidays: Why retailers should look further afield

Tuesday 04 April 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Easter is fast approaching and retailers’ shelves are filling up with chocolate eggs, stuffed bunny rabbits and promotions for Easter Sunday roast dinners. A near identical process is seen at Christmas as retailers in all sectors gear their promotions and merchandise towards t...


January sales worst for 4 years

Friday 10 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

January retail sales saw the worst performance since 2013 as like-for-like sales fell into negative growth. The BDO High Street Sales Tracker (HSST) revealed that UK high streets couldn’t recover from the 0.1 per cent drop in sales in December, with another 0.1 per cent declin...


Waitrose reshuffle puts hundreds of jobs at risk

Thursday 09 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Waitrose has revealed plans to cut an entire level of management as well as closing five of its stores, jeopardising over 500 jobs. The role of department manager will be scrapped across Waitrose’s 350 store estate, removing 180 jobs. Although there are 486 department managers...


New figures show "slowest growth of the festive period since 2009"

Tuesday 07 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The new year has started with an abrupt end to growth in the retail sector, as January sales fall sharply from the Christmas rushes. New results from the BRC–KPMG Retail Sales Monitor have revealed that like-for-like sales in January fell by 0.6 per cent, compared to a 2.6 per...


Topdrop: Sir Philip Green's fashion brand struggles over Christmas

Monday 06 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Topshop saw a steep drop in sales over the Christmas period, placing it firmly among the worst performers on the high street. According to The Sunday Times, in the seven weeks after Black Friday Topshop’s sales dropped by nearly 11 per cent. Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group, w...


Retail Gazette Loves: Ladybird Books for Adults

Thursday 26 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Last Christmas saw the adult colouring craze sweep the nation, boosting sales at WH Smith’s to heights not seen for over a decade. However, even the most colourful trends are fickle and sales of the books have now slumped by up to 70 per cent. Luckily, a new craze has taken it...


January retail sales the worst in 34 years

Thursday 26 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Retail sales took a dive in January, posting the sharpest one-month decline since 1983. Data released today by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) indicates that monthly retail sales fell from 35 points to minus eight points this month. This falls way under economists’...


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...


Retail footfall falls for British Land as sales increase

Thursday 19 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The UK’s second biggest retail property group British Land has recorded growth in sales, but a drop in footfall during the Christmas trading quarter. In the three months to the end of December, sales in its retail premises were up by 0.6 per cent but footfall was down by the s...


N Brown brands post double digit Christmas sales

Thursday 19 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

N Brown Group has reported stellar sales over the Christmas period with its key brands posting double digit growth. The Jacamo, JD Williams and Simply Be owner saw an overall sales increase of 4.1 per cent, while retail sales rose 5.9 per cent in the 18 weeks to December 31. A...