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​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

As the UK prime minister laid out his cautious ‘one-way road to freedom’ strategy to get the English economy reopened by May, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned the plan could be too late for many businesses.
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Battersea Power Station makes key hires ahead of opening

Battersea Power Station makes key hires ahead of opening

Battersea Power Station, the major development that includes a new shopping centre on the edge of central London, has announced some key roles as the retail part of the site gears up for its opening.
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Facebook launches Shop tool in UK, Canada

Facebook launches Shop tool in UK, Canada

Facebook has unveiled new shopping features in the UK and Canada with the appearance of its ‘Shop’ bookmark that gives users the ability to browse virtual storefronts.
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Jay-Z sells half his champagne brand to LVMH

Jay-Z sells half his champagne brand to LVMH

LVMH, the world's biggest luxury goods company, said on Monday it had agreed to buy 50 percent of Armand de Brignac, the champagne brand owned by rapper Jay-Z.
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Festival Place to see H&M's first UK store with new look and feel for the brand

Festival Place to see H&M's first UK store with new look and feel for the brand

​H&M will open its first new-look store in the UK at Basingstoke’s Festival Place in early summer, with the mall saying the giant shop will “offer a very different interior look and feel to other H&M stores.
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UK shoppers continue drift back to stores, even though most are closed

UK shoppers continue drift back to stores, even though most are closed

​With the government unwilling to allow non-essential shops to reopen very quickly, UK consumers are voting with their feet and continuing to drift back to physical shopping, even though most stores are closed.
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No pre-Easter lockdown exit for non-essential English stores, April 12 is big day

No pre-Easter lockdown exit for non-essential English stores, April 12 is big day

​The vaccination programme may be dealing with many millions of people every week and the spread of the virus may be sharply down, but it seems there’s no good news on the reopening of non-essential shops any time soon. 
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John Lewis could close more stores - report

John Lewis could close more stores - report

A report at the weekend suggested that John Lewis is looking at the closure of up to another eight of its remaining 42 departments stores following the closure of eight stores last year.
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Tiny rise in February consumer confidence fails to mask challenges ahead - GfK

Tiny rise in February consumer confidence fails to mask challenges ahead - GfK

UK consumer confidence is showing signs of recovery… albeit slowly. But any positive reading in February’s main Consumer Confidence Index isn’t anywhere near enough to reflect a “spring back to life”, GfK’s said Friday. 
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Next chief calls for urgent action on business rates

Next chief calls for urgent action on business rates

Despite growing calls for urgent action on high street business rates, the UK government is expected to delay any decision until the autumn, according to reports.
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Oxford Street regeneration plan fails to convince property sector

Oxford Street regeneration plan fails to convince property sector

Some property experts have dismissed the Westminster City Council plans for the revitalisation post-pandemic of Oxford Street and the surrounding areas.
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Preston's St George's mall calls in administrators

Preston's St George's mall calls in administrators

The St George’s shopping centre in Preston has gone into administration with Alex Williams and Andrew Dolliver from EY acting as administrators to the mall.
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Shuttered fashion stores feel January pain, but online reaches highest ever sales

Shuttered fashion stores feel January pain, but online reaches highest ever sales

​The UK’s retail sales fall was worse than expected last month, official figures showed on Friday. And the Office for National Statistics called out clothing stores as the key sector that saw “strong declines”.
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27,000+ UK retail jobs lost already this year - report

27,000+ UK retail jobs lost already this year - report

It’s bad and it could get a whole lot worse. That’s the stark message for the UK retail jobs sector from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). Its latest figures show 27,096 retail jobs have been lost so far this year.
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Marimekko buoyant in Q4, expects 2021 growth as it targets Asia

Marimekko buoyant in Q4, expects 2021 growth as it targets Asia

​Marimekko said Thursday that its fourth quarter was strong and full-year 2020’s net sales almost reached the 2019 figure, despite the pandemic, while comparable operating profit rose in double-digits.
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China is first country where e-tail outstrips physical retail

China is first country where e-tail outstrips physical retail

​China is to become the first country in the world to see e-commerce sales outstripping sales through physical shops with a new prediction saying e-tail should account for 52.1% of all retail sales (by value) this year.
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