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​Bad weather and delay of full lockdown end hit UK footfall

​Bad weather and delay of full lockdown end hit UK footfall

It was all looking so good at the beginning of June. But more bad weather and the announcement of a further delay to the complete reopening of retail saw UK footfall again dipping for a second consecutive week.
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Landlords unhappy over eviction ban extension, reel from new lower rent ruling

Landlords unhappy over eviction ban extension, reel from new lower rent ruling

Angry commercial property owners plan to fight the legal extension to protect tenants from eviction. And more bad news came after a judge ruled a retailer was paying too much rent.
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Nutmeg owner Morrisons could see bid frenzy

Nutmeg owner Morrisons could see bid frenzy

​One of the the ‘Big Four’ UK supermarket chains, Morrisons, has received an unsolicited bid approach valuing it at £5.5bn. But it has rejected the offer, despite it being above its closing share price as of Friday.
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Space NK launches first ad campaign for a decade, focuses on self care

Space NK launches first ad campaign for a decade, focuses on self care

UK beauty retailer Space NK on Monday launched its first advertising campaign in over 10 years with a creative concept that’s appearing across multiple media platforms, as well as featuring in the windows of its stores.
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Givenchy Parfums has launched its first NFT in support of LGBTQIA+ causes

Givenchy Parfums has launched its first NFT in support of LGBTQIA+ causes

As with fashion and art, it hasn't taken long for the cosmetics industry to get onboard the craze for NFTs, the digital tokens attributed to a unique product or service.
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UK fashion purchases dipped last month, but long-term trend remains good

UK fashion purchases dipped last month, but long-term trend remains good

Fashion sales in stores were lower last month compared to April, the ONS said on Friday. But they remained buoyant online and in a reasonably strong position generally, the figures showed.
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Research reveals unlabeled chemicals in makeup products

Research reveals unlabeled chemicals in makeup products

A new study reveals the presence of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals in many North American cosmetics -- especially makeup -- even though they aren't specifically listed in the ingredients.
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Exor sets up joint-venture company Nuo with Wwicl to invest in Italian brands

Exor sets up joint-venture company Nuo with Wwicl to invest in Italian brands

There seems to be no stopping Exor, which is often mentioned by the Italian media as potentially engaged in creating a major luxury conglomerate in Italy. It has now joined forces with Wwicl on an investment company.
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Use of cash plummets in UK as payments switch to cards and digital

Use of cash plummets in UK as payments switch to cards and digital

Cash continues to lose its appeal, especially among young consumers, as payments using bank notes and coins dropped 35% last year. More than eight in 10 people in Britain now use contactless payment.
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Pepco in deal for 29 Austrian stores

Pepco in deal for 29 Austrian stores

Poundland, Pepco and Dealz owner Pepco Group has signed a framework agreement with CCC Austria for the acquisition of up to 29 store leases in Austria.
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UK faces retail labour crunch as EU workers stay away

UK faces retail labour crunch as EU workers stay away

​A potential UK retail jobs crisis is looming. The number of EU nationals seeking work has collapsed since Brexit, according to a new report from jobs website Indeed, with the decline hurting lower-paid sectors.
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UK commercial eviction ban to be extended again

UK commercial eviction ban to be extended again

​Struggling retailers can breathe a sigh of relief. The UK has extended the ban on commercial evictions until March 2022. That means the moratorium for business tenants won't now expire at the end of this month.
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Westfield owner names Puechoultres new chief customer officer

Westfield owner names Puechoultres new chief customer officer

Global mall giant Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) wants to become a more customer-focused organisation. So the Wesfield owner has appointed Caroline Puechoultres as its new chief customer officer, effective immediately. 
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Oxford Circus to 'rival Times Square' in transformation drive

Oxford Circus to 'rival Times Square' in transformation drive

An ambitious plan to transform Oxford Circus into pedestrian-friendly piazzas has been announced with an international design competition kicking off to decide just how the key shopping area will look for decades ahead.
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LVMH inks game-changing tech deal with Google Cloud

LVMH inks game-changing tech deal with Google Cloud

​LVMH announced on Wednesday that it has entered a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to “accelerate innovation and develop new cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions”.
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Debenhams could return as physical retailer - but with one small store

Debenhams could return as physical retailer - but with one small store

Debenhams may have closed all of its stores, but a new one could open under the Debenhams name. Now owned by Boohoo, the Debenhams brand is the subject of talks regarding the opening of one small shop outside of London.
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