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Ikea's high street flat-pack solutionSubscription
Drapers examines what Ikea’s shopping centre purchase could mean for Hammersmith and UK high streets.
British menswear brand Lyle & Scott is to open six new international franchise stores and a further UK store by the end of this year.
More Arcadia stores to close Subscription
Arcadia Group is to close 10 further stores across the UK in the coming three months.
Amazon opens new Manchester officeSubscription
Amazon has today opened its new corporate office in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to house more than 600 employees.
Boux Avenue seeks to slash rentsSubscription
Lingerie retailer Boux Avenue is in talks with landlords to renegotiate rents across its 30-store portfolio as part of its ongoing business review.
M&S poaches another Arcadia directorSubscription
Topshop trading director Helen Wilson is to join Marks & Spencer as head of merchandising for womenswear following her departure from the Arcadia Group.
Totême appoints CEOSubscription
Swedish fashion brand Totême has appointed McKinsey & Company’s Johanna Andersson as its new chief executive.
Primark remains positive despite its “marginal decline” in like-for-like UK sales over the all-important Christmas trading period, John Bason, chief financial officer at the retailer’s owner, Associated British Foods, has told Drapers.
Frasers Group closes further Jack Wills storesSubscription
Frasers Group has announced the closure of a further six Jack Wills stores, after its acquisition of the lifestyle brand last August.
Forever Sewing launches with NextSubscription
Personalised loungewear company Forever Sewing is now available via Next’s ecommerce site.
The menswear brand banking on independentsSubscription
Guide London has taken an independent approach to business to withstand the troubles of a shrinking high street.
£1m business rates overpayment for BealesSubscription
Department store Beales, currently at risk of administration, is estimated to have overpaid £1.06m in business rate since 2017.
Christmas footfall up at Icon OutletSubscription
Footfall for the Christmas period grew by almost 40% at The O2’s Icon Outlet with strong performance across all stores.
Christmas boosts JoJo Maman Bébé online salesSubscription
Online Christmas sales at JoJo Maman Bébé grew 24% for the four weeks to 12 January compared to the previous year.
Opening Ceremony to close all storesSubscription
Less than 24 hours after being acquired by Farfetch-owned platform New Guards Group, Opening Ceremony has announced it will close all stores by the end of 2020.
Retailers take action on propertySubscription
Retailers are seizing the opportunity to take “decisive action” on their property portfolios in 2020, say experts, as restructurings and company voluntary arrangements continue to put downward pressure on rents.
'Disappointing' Christmas for QuizSubscription
Group revenue dropped 9.3% at Quiz Clothing for the seven weeks to 4 January, even after it reported “being pleased” with sales across the Black Friday week.
Dominic Chappell, founder of Retail Acquisitions, which bought BHS for £1 in 2015, has been ordered to pay £9.5m into its pension schemes.
Fashion hardest hit by administrationsSubscription
The fashion retail sector proved the most likely to call in administrators over the last decade, accounting for 41% of all business administrations during the ten year period, new data has shown.
Moody's downgrades Marks & Spencer's outlookSubscription
Credit ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Marks & Spencer’s outlook after the retailer underperformed in the 13 weeks to 28 December.