Expect a radical new look to Marks & Spencer’s women's fashion line-up this spring. The UK retail giant is understood to have struck deals with four independent womenswear brands to bolster sales, particularly online.
Seasalt saw its sales jumping during the festive season even though it endured a 44% fall in sales through physical shops. Fortunately, its webstore easily made up for the shortfall with a 95% increase.
Otto Group’s UK catalogue-retailer-turned-online-pureplay Freemans is continuing the heavy promotion drive that has seen it advertising on TV this autumn, with its first ever prime time TV ad for the festive season.
Store upgrades may not be the most exciting news stories, but they are interesting when those upgrades are reflective of strong trends in the market as with the Jo Malone upgrade as St David's in Cardiff.
The UK’s Which? Magazine has published its regular annual list of the best and worst UK retailers, and while fashion names don’t figure at the very top and the very bottom of the list, they come close.