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Months of uncertainty end as Scotland votes no

19 September 2014 | By

Many Scottish businesses will have breathed a collective sigh of relief at this morning’s referendum results, as did I when I clambered out of bed and switched on the news - if only because it ends months of uncertainty.

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Scottish independents win the Yes vote at home and abroad

19 September 2014 | By

There is a bitter-sweet irony that the Drapers Independent Retailer of the Year 2014 is Scottish - very Scottish - and picked up the sought-after accolade on Wednesday, the day before the independence vote north of the border.

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Prices creep up at clothing and footwear stores

19 September 2014 | By

Average prices at clothing, textiles and footwear stores increased by 0.2% year on year in August, bucking the wider trend in food and household goods stores.

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Ikea plans vast Russian mall to attract fashion brands

19 September 2014 | By

Plans have been unveiled to build a 2.3 million sq ft shopping centre in Moscow, which is “set to attract a raft of international retailers seeking expansion opportunities in Russia”.

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Mild weather hits John Lewis fashion sales

19 September 2014 | By

Fashion sales at John Lewis fell 13.1% in the week to September 13 against the year before, with the department store chain blaming the milder weather and lower footfall due to reduced promotional activity on the high street.

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Rigby & Peller to triple store base in UK and Ireland

19 September 2014 | By

Lingerie business Rigby & Peller is looking to more than triple the size of its UK and Ireland store portfolio within the next five years as it targets a broader client base.

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Taking Shape opens first Scottish store

18 September 2014 | By

Australian plus-size retailer Taking Shape has opened its first Scottish store in Aberdeen.

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River Island puts its shirt on Movember campaign

18 September 2014 | By

River Island will support men’s health charity Movember through the sale of four exclusively designed Oxford shirts with button-down collars.

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Buying and merchandising boss exits French Connection

18 September 2014 | By

Richard Grainger has left his position as director of retail buying and merchandising at French Connection after 10 years with the company.

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French Connection reduces losses as UK and European sales improve

18 September 2014 | By

French Connection has reduced its first half pre-tax loss for the third consecutive year, with wholesale and retail both showing signs of improvement.

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Shopwatch: The Goodhood Store

19 September 2014 | By

After seven years on a quiet back street, The Goodhood Store has moved centre stage with its new Shoreditch store.

One for the boys: Open says its store is designed to appeal to men’s desire for easily navigable stores with clear layouts

Shopwatch: JD Sports

11 September 2014 | By

JD Sports wants to shake up high street menswear with its Open concept. We visited the first store to gauge its prospects.

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Ecommerce: Tommy Hilfiger creates a digital first in New York

18 September 2014

During last week’s New York catwalks, Tommy Hilfiger launched the First-Timers programme to attract a more diverse audience.

Live action: Topshop\'s Oxford Circus window

Ecommerce: London’s tech trends

18 September 2014

Brands at LFW showed how they are taking the catwalk to consumers.

Small wonders: Lewis wants to keep surprising customers

The Drapers Interview: Tracy Lewis, Wacoal Eveden

12 September 2014 | By

Lewis leads wacoal’s united front: a new name signals a fresh approach for lingerie group Wacoal Eveden, chief executive Tracy Lewis explains.

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The Drapers Interview - Fiona Lambert, George at Asda

11 September 2014

Asda’s clothing brand boss Fiona Lambert is not worried by the growing threat from supermarket rivals