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High Street

Consumer confidence climbs to highest level in 15 years

Consumer confidence has been at its highest since the late 1990s in June, as renewed optimism in both personal finances and the general economy paved the way for an increase in retail spend.

Shop closing

Irish retail insolvencies increase by 50%

The number of corporate insolvencies in the Irish retail sector rose by 52% in the three months to the end of June, according to a new survey.

H&M

H&M to launch new fascia for 2017

H&M Group is planning to launch a new fascia in 2017.

H&M Foxes Divided

H&M to open East London Divided pop-up

H&M will open a 1,100 sq ft pop-up in the Old Truman Brewery in London on July 23 to showcase its Divided womenswear collection.

Claudia Sträter

Womenswear brand Claudia Sträter relaunches in UK and Ireland

Claudia Sträter, the Dutch womenswear brand previously stocked by retailers including Harrods, Selfridges and John Lewis, is relaunching in the UK and Ireland after a six-year hiatus.

Zalando Lounge

Zalando poaches Asos buyer

German etailer Zalando has poached Asos.com’s menswear buying manager David Clark.  

Mish

Lingerie indie Mish to open debut high street store

Cornish lingerie retailer Mish is in final talks to agree a deal to open its first high street store in Wadebridge.

Metis Partners most recently instructed the sale of Bank Fashion's IP assets

Failing fashion brands prompt launch of specialist IP brokerage

The consultancy that sold the intellectual property assets belonging to young fashion chains Internaçionale and Bank has launched a specialist IP brokerage to meet growing demand.

Liberty

Liberty to expand overseas before launching IPO

Liberty plans to break into international markets by selling its own label through department stores in the US and Italy, ahead of a planned float on the London Stock Exchange in 2018.

A Suit That Fits

A Suit That Fits aims to raise £500,000 for tailoring network

Online tailoring business A Suit That Fits will this week launch a £500,000 crowd-funding campaign to allow it to create the “UK’s largest network of suit fitters.” 

Masai

Expansion planned following Masai sale

Danish womenswear brand Masai is planning to expand its wholesale and retail business following its sale to private equity group Silverfleet Capital for an undisclosed amount last week.

Amazon

Amazon to expand business loan programme

Amazon.com is to launch its small business loan programme, Amazon Lending, in the UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy and Spain tomorrow (June 30).

Timothy Everest

Video: Timothy Everest talks British bespoke

Drapers chats to bespoke tailor Timothy Everest about the essence of British tailoring. Read the full Drapers Interview, in which Everest discusses his plans to grow his ready-to-wear collection Every Day Tailoring, in our July 18 issue.

Clipper Logistics on Regent Street in London

Retailers wrestle with problem of multichannel returns

Industry experts have warned that the full impact of multichannel returns is only just starting to be felt, as retailers struggle to reconcile in-store and online returns.

Sales

Tough trading triggers early summer Sales

Fashion retailers have kicked off their summer Sales earlier than usual following a tough season in which milder temperatures hit demand for warm weather clothing.

JD Sports Fashion

JD plots expansion as Oxford Street opening looms

JD Sports Fashion is planning to expand internationally and in more regional UK cities as the opening of its Oxford Street megastore draws near.

TrueStart's hub in London's Victoria

Applications open for retail start-up funding scheme

Applications for retail start-up accelerator programme TrueStart Collection have opened for the autumn 2015 season, offering a six-month mentoring scheme and either £25,000 or £50,000 equity funding options.

Best of Britannia

Best of Britannia to grow online following move to biannual shows

Manufacturing showcase Best of Britannia has revealed plans to grow its transactional website by the end of the year following its move to a twice-yearly format.

Naomi Campbell for La Perla

La Perla signs Naomi Campbell

Luxury lingerie brand La Perla has announced that supermodel Naomi Campbell will be the face of its autumn 15 campaign.

La Redoute Richard Burke

La Redoute promotes internally for top job in reshuffle

The UK arm of French mail order company La Redoute has promoted its chief operating officer Richard Burke to the role of chief executive, taking over from Saida Gallouj, who is now head of Laredoute.com.

Carolyn Fairbairn

CBI appoints first female director general

Former BBC and ITV director of strategy Carolyn Fairbairn has been appointed director general of the Confederation of British Industry, replacing John Cridland who will leave in November.

Kilver Court

Mulberry founder to expand outlet centre

Mulberry founder Roger Saul is to add another six shops to his designer outlet centre Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, later this year.

The retailer will close at the end of July

Cardiff indie Pavilion Clothing to close after 29 years

Cardiff-based young fashion retailer Pavilion Clothing is to close its doors at the end of July after 29 years of trading.

Betty & Co

Betty Barclay to launch new brand

German fashion wholesaler and retailer Betty Barclay is launching a new brand called Betty & Co for spring 16.

Lipsy Michelle Keegan

Lipsy settles counterfeit case

Lipsy has settled a counterfeit case with etailer WantThatDress.co.uk, accepting a five-figure sum as compensation.

TM Lewin

TM Lewin mulls management buyout with US investor

British shirtmaker TM Lewin is reportedly in talks with a US private equity firm to back a £100m management buyout of the business.

CTPartners

Headhunter CTPartners to file for bankruptcy

New York-headquartered headhunter firm CTPartners will file for bankruptcy tomorrow (June 30) after it was rocked by allegations of sexual discrimination.

Speedo Sculpture collection 2015

Pentland boss builds for future growth as profits soar

Chairman of Pentland Brands Andy Rubin has said the business will continue to invest in order to protect itself from uncertain external factors, as group operating profit jumped by 30% to £160m for the year to December 2014.

Lutwych

Cheshire Bespoke faces insolvency after M&S cuts orders

Bespoke tailoring business Cheshire Bespoke and London menswear store Lutwyche will fall into insolvency next week after one of its largest customers Marks & Spencer “significantly reduced” its orders.

Retailers have revealed what they would like to see in next month's Budget

Retailers ask Osborne to cut rates and ignore living wage calls

Retailers have urged the chancellor to put an end to stifling business rates and eschew calls for the living wage in next month’s emergency budget.

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