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  • ikea hammersmith

    Ikea's high street flat-pack solutionSubscription

    News21 January 2020

    Drapers examines what Ikea’s shopping centre purchase could mean for Hammersmith and UK high streets. 

  • lyle and scott edinburgh store

    Lyle & Scott rolls out international store expansionSubscription

    News20 January 2020

    British menswear brand Lyle & Scott is to open six new international franchise stores and a further UK store by the end of this year. 

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    More Arcadia stores to close Subscription

    News17 January 2020

    Arcadia Group is to close 10 further stores across the UK in the coming three months. 

  • amazon

    Amazon opens new Manchester officeSubscription

    News17 January 2020

    Amazon has today opened its new corporate office in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to house more than 600 employees.

  • Boux store smaller

    Boux Avenue seeks to slash rentsSubscription

    News16 January 2020

    Lingerie retailer Boux Avenue is in talks with landlords to renegotiate rents across its 30-store portfolio as part of its ongoing business review. 

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    M&S poaches another Arcadia directorSubscription

    News16 January 2020

    Topshop trading director Helen Wilson is to join Marks & Spencer as head of merchandising for womenswear following her departure from the Arcadia Group. 

  • Johanna andersson portrait

    Totême appoints CEOSubscription

    News16 January 2020

    Swedish fashion brand Totême has appointed McKinsey & Company’s Johanna Andersson as its new chief executive. 

  • Primark autumn 19

    Primark CFO upbeat despite dip in like-for-like salesSubscription

    News16 January 2020

    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.

  • Jack wills and mike ashley

    Frasers Group closes further Jack Wills storesSubscription

    News16 January 2020

    Frasers Group has announced the closure of a further six Jack Wills stores, after its acquisition of the lifestyle brand last August. 

  • Forever sewing next online

    Forever Sewing launches with NextSubscription

    News15 January 2020

    Personalised loungewear company Forever Sewing is now available via Next’s ecommerce site.

  • Jack, richard and isaac benson guide london menswear

    The menswear brand banking on independentsSubscription

    The Drapers Interview15 January 2020

    Guide London has taken an independent approach to business to withstand the troubles of a shrinking high street. 

  • beales

    £1m business rates overpayment for BealesSubscription

    News15 January 2020

    Department store Beales, currently at risk of administration, is estimated to have overpaid £1.06m in business rate since 2017. 

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    Christmas footfall up at Icon OutletSubscription

    News15 January 2020

    Footfall for the Christmas period grew by almost 40% at The O2’s Icon Outlet with strong performance across all stores. 

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    Christmas boosts JoJo Maman Bébé online salesSubscription

    News15 January 2020

    Online Christmas sales at JoJo Maman Bébé grew 24% for the four weeks to 12 January compared to the previous year.

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    Opening Ceremony to close all storesSubscription

    News15 January 2020

    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. 

  • Jigsaw westfield

    Retailers take action on propertySubscription

    News15 January 2020

    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.

  • Quiz AW19

    'Disappointing' Christmas for QuizSubscription

    News15 January 2020

    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

    Chappell ordered to pay £9.5m into BHS pension schemesSubscription

    News14 January 2020

    Dominic Chappell, founder of Retail Acquisitions, which bought BHS for £1 in 2015, has been ordered to pay £9.5m into its pension schemes.

  • debenhams closing down southport lancashire 11 23 2019

    Fashion hardest hit by administrationsSubscription

    News14 January 2020

    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.

  • M&s moorgate 3

    Moody's downgrades Marks & Spencer's outlookSubscription

    News14 January 2020

    Credit ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Marks & Spencer’s outlook after the retailer underperformed in the 13 weeks to 28 December.

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