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Eric Musgrave

The more multichannel grows, the more returns will surely follow

22 October 2014 | By

Years ago, I was a van driver’s mate in London. The van driver worked almost exclusively for the antiques trade so our working day was spent picking up objets d’art from auction houses and taking them to antique shops, or vice versa.

Ian Anderson

Pop-up shops give high street the boost it needs

22 October 2014

Ian Anderson is head of retail planning at CBRE.

Richard Pepper

Cherry-picking brands is our margin for success

22 October 2014

Richard Pepper is owner of menswear and womenswear independent Peppers in Church Stretton, Shropshire, and a member of the IMC (Independent Menswear Company) Buying Group.


Asda faces legal challenge over equal pay

24 October 2014 | By

Asda is facing mass legal action by a group of mainly female workers in its stores, who claim they are not paid the same as the mostly male employees in its distribution warehouses.

John Lewis St Pancras 2

John Lewis fashion sales growth slows to 1.9%

24 October 2014 | By

A lack of demand for winter clothing last week saw John Lewis’s fashion sales growth slow to 1.9% from a 12.5% increase the week before.


Amazon reports third quarter loss of £273m

24 October 2014 | By

Amazon has reported a third quarter loss of $437m (£273m), up from the $41m (£26m) loss it reported for the same period last year.


Hackett's international expansion drives pre-tax profits up 74%

24 October 2014 | By

Hackett’s turnover increased 10% to £170m and its pre-tax profits soared 74% from £3.9m to £6.8m in the year to March 31, as it continued to expand internationally.

Christmas queues

Retailers warned to prepare for Christmas rush

24 October 2014 | By Ben Cooper

Retailers are being warned to plan carefully to avoid delivery failures and breakdowns in their supply chains in the run-up to Christmas, as experts predict an unprecedented demand for click-and-collect services.

Mobile shopping

Google launches fourth shopping habits analysis tool

23 October 2014 | By

Google has launched its fourth annual Consumer Barometer tool to provide more insight into how consumers are using digital media as part of their shopping experience.

Samsung Future Shoppers

Retail 'theatre' will encourage young shoppers to spend, says report

23 October 2014 | By

Retailers need to create exciting in-store experiences to entice young shoppers to make their purchases there and then, according to a new report commissioned by Samsung.

Selfridges Christmas windows 2014

Image gallery: Selfridges unveils storytelling Christmas windows

23 October 2014

Selfridges has revealed this year’s Christmas window displays at its Oxford Street flagship, featuring modern interpretations of 25 stories including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and the Golden Goose.

Debenhams chief executive Michael Sharp

‘Results confirm we have the right strategy,’ says Debenhams boss

23 October 2014 | By

Debenhams chief executive Michael Sharp said the second half of the year is showing “signs of early positive progress”, after a “very disappointing” first six months.


Tesco chairman to step down as turmoil continues

23 October 2014 | By

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent has announced he will step down, after the supermarket chain revealed the hole in forecasts was bigger than previously forecast.


Debenhams pre-tax profits fall 21% as expected

23 October 2014 | By

Debenhams saw underlying pre-tax profits fall 21% to £110.3m despite like-for-like sales increasing by 1% for the full year to August 30. Gross transactional value rose 1.7% to £2,823.9m.

Retailers are hoping for bumper multichannel trading this weekend, as consumers hit the shops with their last pay packet before Christmas.

Christmas retail recruitment to slow

23 October 2014 | By

Less than half of retailers expect to increase staffing in the next three months, compared with 72% in the same period last year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Tickled Pink post surgery bra from George at Asda

George launches post-surgery bra range

26 September 2014 | By

George at Asda has launched a post-surgery bra range developed with Breast Cancer Care ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Johnstons of Elgin: general view of the mill

The Drapers Interview - Simon Cotton, Johnstons of Elgin

22 October 2014 | By

Back to the future: Simon Cotton, chief executive of Johnstons of Elgin, is getting the balance right between private and own label business to continue the mill’s success.


The Drapers Interview: Sarah Curran & Gareth Jones

16 October 2014 | By

Redefining luxury: Shop Direct is steering into uncharted territory with, but Sarah Curran and Gareth Jones are confident about its democratic offering.


The Drapers Interview: Rinku Loomba, Viz-a-Viz

8 October 2014 | By

Viz-a-Viz chief executive Rinku Loomba is on a mission to shake up independent fashion wholesale - one PartnerShop at a time.

Angela Spindler

The Drapers Interview: Angela Spindler, N Brown Group

2 October 2014 | By

The N Brown boss has drawn up a new template to get the group’s biggest-selling brand - JD Williams - back on track.


Digital Edition October 18 2014

Digital Edition: October 18 2014

16 October 2014

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