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Agora beauty app launches in the UK

Agora beauty app launches in the UK

​Billed as the next-generation beauty commerce app, the Agora online marketplace has launched in the UK as a "social and live-shopping platform dedicated to beauty and wellness”.
Beauty
Richemont moves entire enterprise IT infrastructure to Amazon's AWS

Richemont moves entire enterprise IT infrastructure to Amazon's AWS

​Richemont is moving its enterprise IT infrastructure to Amazon Web Services in a deal to drive more dynamic e-tail experiences, more personalisation, better supply chain management and many other benefits.
Luxury
Lush quits social media again, says it's had enough of the harm platforms do

Lush quits social media again, says it's had enough of the harm platforms do

​Natural beauty products brand Lush is turning its back on social media as of 26 November until the various networks “take action to provide a safer environment for users”.
Beauty
M&S shares rise on bid target rumour despite CEO exit speculation

M&S shares rise on bid target rumour despite CEO exit speculation

​Speculation is buzzing around M&S at present with hints that CEO Steve Rowe may step down within the next couple of years and even that the company could be a bid target.
Fashion
Faire raises $400 million in latest funding round

Faire raises $400 million in latest funding round

Online wholesale marketplace Faire announced that it has secured $400 million in a Series G investment round, bringing the company’s total valuation up to $12.4 billion. 
Fashion
L'Oreal offers vouchers to end spat with China's "lipstick brother"

L'Oreal offers vouchers to end spat with China's "lipstick brother"

French cosmetics giant L'Oreal is offering shopping vouchers to some Chinese customers to settle a dispute over discounts that drew the ire of the country's top two livestreaming sales stars, the pair said.
Beauty
Very Group sales rise as fashion, sports bounce back, but Littlewoods struggles

Very Group sales rise as fashion, sports bounce back, but Littlewoods struggles

​Very.co.uk and Littlewoods owner Very Group has released its Q1 results with group sales rising 3.9% to £484.1 million in the three months to October 2. 
Fashion
London recovery sees Great Portland Estates return to profit

London recovery sees Great Portland Estates return to profit

It's not yet back to pre-Covid levels of performance, but major central London landlord Great Portland Estates is once again reaping the benefits of a “clear recovery” in the capital, it said Friday.
Fashion
UK consumer confidence rises in November on Christmas bounce

UK consumer confidence rises in November on Christmas bounce

​It seems consumers took a breather in November, sidelining concerns over decade-high inflation and retail shortages as UK consumer confidence actually inched up, according to GfK on Friday.
Fashion
Estée Lauder names new N America, Asia leaders, "elevates" China ops

Estée Lauder names new N America, Asia leaders, "elevates" China ops

Estée Lauder had some big executive announcements this week spanning its domestic US market and Asia/Pacific. But perhaps the most interesting part of the news was the fact that it’s “elevating” its Chinese market.
Beauty
Farfetch shares plunge despite revenue rise and Q3 profitability

Farfetch shares plunge despite revenue rise and Q3 profitability

​Investors are usually forgiving of tech firms when they spend years targeting the kind of profitability they’d like, but they weren’t forgiving Farfetch on Thursday as the firm’s shares fell 22% in late trading.
Luxury
Linda Wells to join Air Mail as beauty and wellness columnist

Linda Wells to join Air Mail as beauty and wellness columnist

Linda Wells is continuing to pursue her work in journalism with a new title as beauty and wellness columnist, at Air Mail. 
Fashion
Inc Retail moves into grooming with King Street launch

Inc Retail moves into grooming with King Street launch

​Manchester’s Inc Retail has added a new business to its group as it launches King Street Grooming, “the region’s first, all-in-one grooming venue encompassing traditional barbering and male-only face & body treatments”.
Beauty
House of Fraser confirms London flagship closure as Oxford Street transformation continues

House of Fraser confirms London flagship closure as Oxford Street transformation continues

​Frasers Group has confirmed what was largely assumed to be the case saying that its Oxford Street House of Fraser flagship is to close.
Fashion
Profitable British Land enjoys retail's busy return

Profitable British Land enjoys retail's busy return

​British Land is back in the black. The UK commercial property giant returned to profit in its half-year to 30 September, mirroring the performance of its sector peer Landsec.
Fashion
Estée Lauder group president for North America to exit

Estée Lauder group president for North America to exit

The New York-based beauty conglomerate announced on Tuesday that, after almost 25 years at the company, Chris Good, group president for North America, will be retiring effective June 30, 2022.
Beauty