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Fortnum & Mason boasts 22% December sales jolt

Friday 13 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Promising UK Christmas sales continue as Fortnum & Mason release record trading results for the period. In the five weeks to January 1 the heritage department store posted a 16 per cent rise in like-for-like sales, encouraged by an online boost of 22 per cent which contributed...


John Lewis Partnership's Christmas trading boosts sales by almost 5%

Thursday 12 January 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The John Lewis Partnership traded strongly over Christmas with sales up by almost five per cent and both its Waitrose and John Lewis chains grew market share. In the six week period to December 31, total sales across the John Lewis Partnership were up 4.9 per cent year-on-year...


M&S clothing grows for first time in 2 years

Thursday 12 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

An overhaul of its ailing clothing brand saw Marks & Spencer return the range to growth for the first time since 2015. In the 13 weeks to December 31 the retailer’s clothing and home division saw like-for-like sales rise by 2.3 per cent. Its food arm also reportedly rose by 0....


House of Fraser hires David Seeby as new digital director

Monday 09 January 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Heritage department store chain House of Fraser as named David Seeby as its new digital director, according to Retail Week. Seeby, who will report directly to chief customer officer David Walmsley, comes from Marks & Spencer, where he held the roles of head of online operation...


Selfridges surges ahead in Christmas trading period

Monday 09 January 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

A combination of its strong tourist appeal and special events has helped Selfridges to buck the trend of lacklustre Christmas trading after recording a sales surge of more than 18 per cent. The high-end department store chain also managed to achieve this with no discounting or...


Fenwick Leicester store closure puts 100 jobs at risk

Friday 06 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Fenwick has announced that its department store in Leicester will close over the next few months, after 55 years of trading in the city. The Market Street store, which opened its doors in 1962, has seen a steep decline in footfall over recent years, reportedly being diverted t...


John Lewis announces new marketing director

Thursday 05 January 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Department store chain John Lewis has appointed Becky Brock as the new marketing director, the first time someone has filled that role since Craig Inglis’ promotion to customer director in September 2015. Brock, who joins the retailer on March 20 and will report directly to In...


John Lewis the latest to fall victim to post-Christmas slump

Wednesday 04 January 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

John Lewis recorded a 36 surge in sales in the week before Christmas, but then had a 9.4 per cent slump in the final week of 2016 as the timing of bank holidays impacted on trading. The department store chain raked in £175.6 million in sales in the week leading up to December ...


Sir Philip Green and Dominic Chappell under fresh scrutiny over property deals

Tuesday 03 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

BHS is undergoing an unprecedented investigation as its liquidators probe the property transactions of Sir Philip Green and Dominic Chappell. Sources close to the investigation told The Guardian that FRP Advisory, who are handling the liquidation of the retailer, have undertak...


House of Fraser opens first standalone shop in China

Thursday 22 December 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Department store chain House of Fraser has just opened its first-ever bricks-and-mortar store in China. The retailer, owned by Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group, has opened in Sanpower Plaza in the commercial zone of Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province with a popul...