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Champagne bars, revamped website & less fashion labels: House of Fraser's new 5-year vision

Friday 17 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

House of Fraser plans to drop 30 womenswear brands, launch champagne bars, yoga studios, refocus its customer base and relaunch its website as part of its new five-year vision. Executive chairman Frank Slevin said the department store chain was in the middle of a “transformati...


Hugo Boss signing the latest in Intu Metrocentre's upgrades

Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Shopping centre operator Intu has agreed terms with global fashion brand Hugo Boss to open a new Boss store at Metrocentre in Gateshead. The 4047sq ft store will offer the full range menswear and womenswear collections under the Boss label, including ready-to-wear, shoes and a...


New Damsel in a Dress owners reveal ambitious expansion plans

Wednesday 08 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The new parent company of fashion retailer Damsel in a Dress has revealed plans to open 100 new UK stores and concessions just days after acquiring the womenswear brand. South African company The Foschini Group (TFG), which also owns Phase Eight and Whistles, also said it want...


Phase Eight & Whistles parent company acquires Damsel in a Dress

Monday 06 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The parent company of fashion retailers Phase Eight and Whistles has acquired premium women's fashion and online retailer Damsel in a Dress. The acquisition is the third by TFG London in the past two years, as the company continues to expand and strengthen its UK fashion portf...


House of Fraser announces plans for 100,000 sq ft Chester store

Friday 03 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Department store giant House of Fraser has announced plans to open a new 100,000sq ft store in Chester. Slated to open in 2021, House of Fraser will anchor a new shopping complex stretching over 500,000sq ft, aiming to reinvigorate Chester’s city centre. The complex will creat...


ScS reports steady order growth ahead of interim results

Tuesday 31 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

ScS has released a trading update reporting like-for-like growth in order intake and stated that it expects to expand market share amid a highly competitive market. In the 26 weeks to January 28, like-for-like order intake rose by 2.7 per cent, adding that on a two-year time s...


House of Fraser's outlook downgraded to "negative"

Thursday 19 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

House of Fraser’s credit rating outlook has been downgraded by ratings agency Moody’s, as pressures from the weak pound and reduced consumer spending continue to mount. Despite positive Christmas sales, Moody’s has lowered the department store’s outlook rating from “stable” to...


Mamas & Papas appoints 2 senior directors

Monday 16 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Two senior appointments have been made at maternity retailer Mamas and Papas by the newly-instated boss Jonathan Fitzgerald. The position of product director has been handed to Paul Middlemiss, who has previously held similar roles at Robert Dyas and The Conran Shop, as well a...


Your definitive guide to the Christmas updates

Thursday 12 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Retailers have enjoyed a better-than-expected Christmas trading season as a flurry of updates this week and last week confirmed that shoppers were happy to spend money during the festive season. Figures from some of the UK's biggest retailers showed the sector enjoyed impressi...


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...