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John Lewis Birmingham

Video: First look at John Lewis Birmingham Video

22 September 2015 | By ,

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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Memo from Musgrave: With 12 weeks left, how has 2015 treated you?

8 October 2015 | By

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?

Talking Business: What can you do if employees object to longer hours on Sundays?

8 October 2015

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. 

John Lewis Birmingham

Strong start to October for John Lewis

9 October 2015 | By

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.

Grand Central

Grand Central hits one million visitor mark

9 October 2015 | By

More than a million people visited Birmingham’s Grand Central in its first fortnight of trading.

Contactless payment

Pass on savings from card fees cap, retailers told

9 October 2015 | By

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.

Sunny high street

Nervous retailers shrink orders after warm snap

9 October 2015 | By Drapers Reporters

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.

Dave Forsey, chief executive Sports Direct

Heatons an ‘exceptional’ deal, says Sports Direct boss

8 October 2015 | By

Sports Direct chief executive Dave Forsey has said the acquisition of Irish department store chain Heatons will be an “exceptional deal” for its shareholders.

Uniqlo Oxford Street

Uniqlo parent company warns of slower growth this year

8 October 2015 | By

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.

Mike Trotman and Geoff Quinn of TM Lewin

TM Lewin reshuffles to focus on multichannel future

8 October 2015 | By

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.

High Street

Number of empty shops falls to five-year low

8 October 2015 | By

The UK shop vacancy rate fell to 12.9% in September, which is the lowest level since April 2010, as consumer confidence improves.


Shopwatch: Jarrolds unveils new fashion floor

7 September 2015 | By ,

Jarrolds, the family-run independent department store in Norwich, opened the redesigned womenswear area on its first floor this week.


Tel Aviv’s tech trendsetters

17 September 2015 | By

Drapers reveals the Israeli retail tech start-ups ready to inject innovation into your business.

Topshop website

Fashion's omnichannel heroes

24 August 2015 | By

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.


The Drapers Interview: Johnnie Boden's multichannel vision

7 October 2015 | By

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.

The team at Shoetique

The Drapers Interview: A Shoetique selling proposition

24 September 2015 | By

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.

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