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Drapers editorial director Eric Musgrave takes a first look at John Lewis’ new store in the Grand Central shopping development, above Birmingham New Street railway station, ahead of the 250,000 sq ft department store’s official opening on September 24.
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Here’s a handy reminder to cheer the spirits: three-quarters of 2015 is already behind us. What sort of year have you and your business had? What can you do over the next 12 weeks to ensure you have maximised the opportunities the year offered?
The government’s proposal to relax Sunday trading rules by devolving power to local areas will inevitably divide opinion – whether you are a retailer, a worker or a consumer.
Fashion sales at John Lewis climbed 7.1% in the week to October 3, with outerwear performing positively despite an unseasonably warm start to the month.
More than a million people visited Birmingham’s Grand Central in its first fortnight of trading.
The UK government will monitor retailers to ensure they pass on the £480m annual savings from the EU’s ban on excessive bank card fees to consumers.
Brands and suppliers were breathing a sigh of relief at the return of wet and windy weather this week, after a warm spell across many parts of the UK at the end of September hit sales of autumn stock.
Sports Direct chief executive Dave Forsey has said the acquisition of Irish department store chain Heatons will be an “exceptional deal” for its shareholders.
Fast Retailing, the Japanese parent company of fast fashion retailer Uniqlo, has reported another year of double-digit increases in sales and profits but warned that growth will slow in the coming year.
TM Lewin’s chief financial officer Mike Trotman will be the latest senior executive to leave the company as it gears up for a relaunch following a refinancing deal completed in August.
The UK shop vacancy rate fell to 12.9% in September, which is the lowest level since April 2010, as consumer confidence improves.
Drapers reveals the Israeli retail tech start-ups ready to inject innovation into your business.
Consultancy firm Kurt Salmon reveals the results of its omnichannel survey of more than 100 UK, German and French fashion retailers, highlighting those deemed to offer the best experience to their shoppers across multiple platforms.
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With a major rollout of own retail on the cards for 2016, Boden has its sights set on becoming a truly multichannel business in what will be its 25th anniversary year.
An online-first approach has turned transformed a family-run shoe shop in Cheshire into an international etail powerhouse – and 2015 winner of the Drapers Independent Footwear Retailer Award.