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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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).

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Whistles sales grow 15% as it opens new stores

22 October 2014 | By

Whistles’ sales grew 15% to £56.7m in the year to January 2014, with like-for-likes up 8%.

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Shopwatch: Stradivarius

23 October 2014 | By

Striking the right note: With Inditex fascia Stradivarius a few months into its UK expansion, we visit its first store to assess its chances of success.

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Shopwatch: Jaeger

9 October 2014 | By

After 50 years at its King’s Road address, Jaeger’s smart revamp brings it up to date while staying true to its heritage.

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Ecommerce: Pop-ups and 3D scans suit Lanieri’s needs

2 October 2014 | By

Italian tailoring etailer Lanieri is using 3D scanning technology in UK pop-up stores to offer shoppers better-fitting suits and to boost sales.

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Twitter Interview: Andy Harding, House of Fraser’s executive director of multichannel Video

15 October 2014 | By

Drapers spoke to Harding via Twitter about the rise of mobile shopping – which he predicts could overtake plastic payments in two years – the new technologies for retailers to tap into and whether wearable technology in fashion will ever become mainstream.

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.

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The Drapers Interview: Sarah Curran & Gareth Jones

16 October 2014 | By

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