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Irish retailers remain cautious about recovery prospects

Green shoots of recovery are sprouting in Ireland, but retailers warn that the improvement is fragile and tax increases may hinder further growth.

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One Small Step One Giant Leap founder exits the company

The founder of kids’ footwear mini-chain One Small Step One Giant Leap Nick Schwefel has left the business as the parent company puts expansion plans on hold.

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Burberry sales rise 19% but uncertainty over economy continues

Burberry Group sales rose 19% to nearly £1.3bn in the six months to March 31, as retail revenues climbed 13% to £928m.

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Prince George boosts sales at Rachel Riley

Kidswear designer Rachel Riley has been deluged with shoppers trying to get their hands on the pair of dungarees worn by Prince George in his first media appearance last week.

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Liquidators called in to David Casey chain Author Shoes

Premium footwear chain Author Shoes, owned by David Casey, the co-founder and former owner of Office, has gone into liquidation owing £3.5m.

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Don McCarthy could leave HoF by July as Sanpower deal nears completion

House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy could leave the department store chain as early as July, depending on when the sale to Chinese group Sanpower’s Nanjing Cenbest subsidiary is completed.

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Levi’s appoints Walmart executive Marc Rosen as ecommerce head

Levi’s has appointed ex-Walmart ecommerce head Marc Rosen to lead its ecommerce business.

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Triumph moves distribution centre to France

Lingerie firm Triumph has announced that it will shift its distribution services from Swindon to its own distribution centre in Obernai, France this June, in a move that could affect up to 70 jobs.

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HoF chairman Don McCarthy to leave as Sanpower takes over

House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy has confirmed he will step down as chairman once the business is sold to Chinese group Sanpower’s Nanjing Cenbest subsidiary.

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Fashion and footwear top retail performers in March

Fashion and footwear were the top performing retail categories in March, according to data published by the British Retail Consortium/KPMG today.

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Bonmarché to invest in new areas on back of strong full-year results

Bonmarché is forging ahead with plans for a multichannel future as it trials new shopfits, more stores in garden centres and a revamp of its digital back office.

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Easter school holidays lift footfall

Footfall to high streets and retail parks rose last week, as the start of Easter school holidays drove shoppers to all retail locations across the UK.

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Kidswear brand Frugi bags Mulberry man as chairman

Cornish kidswear brand Frugi has appointed Mulberry director Ian Scott as non-executive chairman.

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Niki Scordi to leave Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson chief executive Niki Scordi is leaving the company six months after taking on the role, Drapers understands.

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Footfall up as shoppers return to the high street

Shoppers returned to the high street in droves last month, with footfall up 1.8% on March 2013, reversing the decline seen in February, according to Springboard/BRC data.

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Belstaff to tempt back indies ahead of HQ relocation

Luxury outerwear brand Belstaff is looking to regain UK stockists under a new sales boss, as it relocates its global headquarters to London from New York later this year.   

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JD looks to grow as outdoor and fashion begin turnaround

JD Sports Fashion is considering new opportunities for growth in the coming year – both potential acquisitions and international expansion – as its outdoor arm breaks even and the turnaround of its fashion chain Bank continues.

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Tesco clothing rockets online but group profits slip

Tesco’s clothing range F&F has performed strongly online, with sales up nearly 60% in 2013/14, as the supermarket reports annual profits down 6%.

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Juicy Couture to expand following distribution deal with Folli Follie Group

Juicy Couture’s new distributor is looking to grow its retail presence across Europe by opening 10 stores in the next two years, with “one or two” earmarked for the UK.

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Canada Goose opens first UK sales office

Canadian outerwear brand Canada Goose is opening its first UK sales office, just off London’s Oxford Street.

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Duchamp shakes up top team with two hires

Menswear brand Duchamp has appointed Gianni Colarossi as creative director and ex-Harrods buyer Binoy Shah as its new head of buying.

New addition: JD Sports Fashion  is planning 15 Open stores this year, joining stablemate JD

JD group profits rise as fashion arm records £6.4m loss

JD Sports Fashion has reported operating losses of £6.4m in its fashion arm for the year to February 1, compared to losses of £1.7m in 2013, as total revenues rose by 5.7% to £1.3bn.

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Debenhams tightens promotional strategy as first half profits plummet

Debenhams has said it will refocus its strategy around discounting, with fewer days on Sale, after group profits plummeted 24.5% to £85.2m in the first half of its financial year.

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Debenhams could trial Sports Direct sportswear this summer

Sports Direct is among a dozen brands currently in talks with Debenhams to trial being stocked by the department store over the next few months.

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East End Manufacturing raises £250,000 ahead of Asos debut 

London based jersey clothing and cotton manufacturer East End has raised £250,000 through a crowd-funding initiative as it expands to supply Asos for the first time. 

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Drapers Retail Week Etail Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Drapers Retail Week PayPal Etail Awards 2014 has been unveiled with top retailers including Asos, Tesco and New Look all battling to prove themselves the best in the business.

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Bagir valued at £28m after listing on Aim

Tailoring supplier Bagir Group, whose customers include the likes of Marks & Spencer and Arcadia, has been valued at just over £28m following its IPO on London’s Alternative Investment Market today.

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Tailor Chester Barrie pops up in Fenwick

Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie has opened its first ever pop-up eveningwear concession, in the Bond Street store of iconic department store Fenwick.

Uniqlo, LVMH eye Cath Kidson acquisition

Uniqlo parent company Fast Retailing is eyeing up British lifestyle retailer Cath Kidson as a possible acquisition.

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