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Consumer confidence slips in October

Confidence among shoppers edged down in October, raising concerns in the countdown to the Christmas rush.

Poq Studio

James Hart joins app commerce start-up

James Hart, a former director at, has invested in another ecommerce start-up called Poq Studio.


Supplier goes out of business after factory fails Primark test

Primark supplier Positive Clothing London has gone into administration after the retailer cancelled its contract, Drapers understands.

Matalan in Cardiff

Image Gallery: Matalan opens high street store in Cardiff

Matalan has opened a new store on the Cardiff high street today, as the value retailer continues its push into prime location space.

Aquascutum Jermyn Street

Aquascutum to move back into made-to-measure

Aquascutum is developing a made-to-measure men’s tailoring service that will launch in February.

Luisa Cerano

Luisa Cerano doubles UK turnover after hiring country manager

Premium womenswear brand Luisa Cerano has doubled its UK turnover over the past year and has said there is “definitely still room for growth”.


River Island launches Kindle app

River Island has become one of the first retailers to develop a Kindle version of its transactional shopping app.

The North Face

The North Face plots franchise route

Outdoor brand The North Face has revealed plans to open up to 120 franchise stores in the UK and Europe over the next three to four years.

High Street

Business rate revaluation date set for April 1

The government has announced that April 1, 2015 will be the valuation date for business rates assessments for 2017 onwards.

Mitchell Jacobs

Future of Penrose London in doubt

Men’s luxury accessory business Penrose London is likely to go into voluntary liquidation on Thursday, Drapers understands.

Bestseller First & I

Bestseller's Vila launches new womenswear brand

Danish brand house Bestseller is launching a new young fashion womenswear brand, First & I, in December.


Next cuts full-year profit guidance by 3%

Next has cut its full-year profit guidance by 3% after unseasonably warm weather in September and October melted sales of winter stock.

Footwear industry moots private equity sale for Office

Industry insiders have said Office is likely to be sold to another private equity company after its owner, Silverfleet Capital, appointed bankers at JP Morgan to explore a potential sale or float of the footwear retailer.

Kardashian Kollection crop

Fifth Kardashian Kollection launches at Lipsy

The latest Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy launches today, featuring jumpsuits, bodycon dresses and separates priced between £25 and £135.

Victoria Beckham

Video: Graeme Moran on Victoria Beckham's entrepreneurial success

Drapers’ fashion editor Graeme Moran talks to Reuters about Victoria Beckham, after the designer is named Britain’s top entrepreneur by Management Today.


Supergroup cuts profit forecasts as warm weather strikes again

Supergroup has lowered its full year profit guidance to £60m-£65m as the warm autumn weather hits yet another retailer.

House of Fraser

House of Fraser to air first non-Sale TV campaign in 11 years

House of Fraser is launching its first brand-focused TV advertising campaign for more than a decade.


Harrods increases turnover by 11%

Harrods reported “another record year” which saw group turnover grow 11% to £794m for the full year to February 1, 2014, compared with £716.3m in the previous year.

Christmas queues

Christmas sales to soar by £2.3bn

Shoppers will spend an extra £2.3bn this Christmas bringing the total to £90.7bn, according to Verdict Research.

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher to launch into Harvey Nichols

US womenswear brand Eileen Fisher will launch into Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and online at from November 1.

Boohoo's pop-up in New York, October 30, 2014

Image Gallery: Boohoo's New York pop-up

Manchester-based etailer opened its first bricks-and-mortar pop-up shop in New York today.

The kids' range at the new Hunter store on Regent Street

Hunter opens first store on Regent Street

Hunter has opened its first company-owned store at 83-85 Regent Street as a showcase for its newly-extended range that now includes outerwear and knitwear.


G-Star battles Voi Jeans over IP infringement claims

G-Star Raw is currently in London’s High Court challenging Rhodi Ltd, maker of Voi Jeans, over an alleged infringement of G-Star’s design rights.

John Lewis St Pancras 2

'Convenience is Christmas battleground,' says John Lewis

John Lewis boss Andy Street is “quietly optimistic” about Christmas trading, but admits that if the warm weather continues for another month there will not be enough time to make up the sales shortfall.

Tesco Extra Dover

SFO to investigate Tesco’s accounting irregularities

The Serious Fraud Office is to launch a criminal investigation into accounting irregularities at Tesco, as early as next week.

Nigel Addison

Nigel Addison returns to lead Duck and Cover

Nigel Addison will return to Duck and Cover as managing director from November 6.

Hounslow H&M and Next

Next interim results: Analyst round up

As Next cut its full-year profit guidance by £25m today (October 29) after warm weather in September and October stunted sales of autumn stock, Drapers takes a look at what city analysts make of the retailer’s results.


Macy’s to open first international store in Abu Dhabi

Macy’s will open its first department store outside of the US at a new mall development in the United Arab Emirates capital, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2018.


Leather goods brand Tusting to open Jermyn Street pop-up

British leather brand Tusting will open its first shop in December after 139 years of trading.

Shop Direct

Profits soar 512% at Shop Direct

Pre-tax profits have jumped 512% to £40.4m at Shop Direct as mobile sales and growth at have soared.

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