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Hackett's international expansion drives pre-tax profits up 74%

Hackett’s turnover increased 10% to £170m and its pre-tax profits soared 74% from £3.9m to £6.8m in the year to March 31, as it continued to expand internationally.

Christmas queues

Retailers warned to prepare for Christmas rush

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.


Asda faces legal challenge over equal pay

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.

Debenhams chief executive Michael Sharp

‘Results confirm we have the right strategy,’ says Debenhams boss

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.

Selfridges Christmas windows 2014

Image gallery: Selfridges unveils storytelling Christmas windows

Selfridges has revealed this year’s Christmas window displays at its Oxford Street flagship, featuring modern interpretations of 25 stories including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and the Golden Goose.

Mobile shopping

Google launches fourth shopping habits analysis tool

Google has launched its fourth annual Consumer Barometer tool to provide more insight into how consumers are using digital media as part of their shopping experience.

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

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).


Whistles sales grow 15% as it opens new stores

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

the shop at Bluebird

The Shop at Bluebird to launch transactional website

Luxury London boutique The Shop at Bluebird will make its website transactional next year and has hired a new senior merchandiser with ecommerce experience to aid the push.


Christopher Kane appoints former Stella McCartney VP as chief executive

Kering has appointed ex Stella McCartney vice president Sarah Crook as chief executive of Christopher Kane, effective from November 17.


British Fashion Awards shortlist announced

J.W. Anderson, Christopher Kane and Erdem will battle it out to win womenswear designer of the year at the 2014 British Fashion Awards, voted for by members of the global fashion industry.

Reebok Fithub

Adidas and Reebok could benefit from proposed sale

Selling Reebok to a group of investors from Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi could be beneficial to both the brand and parent company Adidas, analysts have said.

Make it British

Supply chain must ‘unite to thrive’

The fashion and textiles industry must unite and work with the government to create a climate for British manufacturing to thrive, said experts at a Westminster forum on domestic manufacturing, skills and wearable technology on Tuesday.


Brands eye Asian markets at inaugural Pure Shanghai

Eighteen UK women’s fashion brands were among a raft of international exhibitors at the first ever Pure Shanghai show, which ran from Monday to Wednesday this week at the New International Expo Centre.

Mulberry spring 14

Mulberry goes omnichannel ahead of festive season

Mulberry has launched collect in store, order in store and in-store online return services for shoppers ahead of the Christmas shopping season.


Amazon reports third quarter loss of £273m

Amazon has reported a third quarter loss of $437m (£273m), up from the $41m (£26m) loss it reported for the same period last year.

John Lewis St Pancras 2

John Lewis fashion sales growth slows to 1.9%

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.

Asos menswear autumn 14

Asos suppliers blast delivery penalties

Suppliers have hit out at the “excessive” fines issued by for “minor” breaches of its delivery rules, amid a crackdown by the etailer.


Tesco chairman to step down as turmoil continues

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.

Samsung Future Shoppers

Retail 'theatre' will encourage young shoppers to spend, says report

Retailers need to create exciting in-store experiences to entice young shoppers to make their purchases there and then, according to a new report commissioned by Samsung.


Debenhams pre-tax profits fall 21% as expected

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.


SuperGroup appoints ex-Co-op boss Euan Sutherland as new CEO

SuperGroup has appointed former Co-op boss Euan Sutherland as its new chief executive as Julian Dunkerton moves into the newly created role of founder and product and brand director.

Asos womenwear autumn 14

‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’ says defiant Asos boss

Asos chief executive Nick Robertson has defended the performance of the etailer after a “challenging” year, saying what doesn’t kill the business “can only make it stronger”.

Shoe Zone

Shoe Zone profit in line with expectations as sales fall

Value footwear retailer Shoe Zone has announced in a trading update that pre-tax profits for the year to October 4 are expected to be in line with market expectations despite slow September sales.

Cotton Traders

Cotton Traders eyes growth as founders regain control

Leisurewear retailer Cotton Traders wants to expand its stores and online presence after a record year of trading allowed its founders to buy back Next’s 33% share in the company.


Psyche owner branches into young fashion

The owner of premium independent department store Psyche has opened a 8,000 sq ft shop dedicated to young fashion brands, also in Middlesbrough.


London flagship marks ‘relaunch’ of Bally

The opening of Bally’s London store has been hailed as a relaunch of the luxury brand by chief executive Frédéric de Narp.

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo targets Asia following today's IPO

Jimmy Choo plans to open 10 to 15 stores a year following its float on the London Stock Exchange today (October 22), focusing on the Asian market.

Old market shopping centre

Consumer confidence hits three-year high

Consumer confidence has risen for the third quarter in succession according to the Deloitte Consumer Tracker, which surveys 3,000 adults on consumer spending attitudes and behaviour.

rodney fitch

Retail design consultant Rodney Fitch has died

Retail design consultant Rodney Fitch has died after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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