John Lewis, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of UK retail spending, said its week to July 11 performance was one of its best of the year so far, even though sales at its department stores still fell.
The jeweller Damiani has opened its first own-name boutique in London at number 11 on the celebrated Old Bond Street. Number two in its country, behind Bulgari, the Italian brand is now taking a step forward in its retail strategy.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's biggest retailer, is preparing to hold a meeting to announce the development of an index that will be used to measure the environmental impact of the products it sells in its stores.
Mexican retailers group ANTAD said its members' same-store sales fell in June, breaking a brief recovery in the previous two months, partially hurt by one weekend day less compared with the same period of 2008.