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  • Aquascutum spring 17

    Moody's downgrades Shandong RuyiSubscription

    News13 December 2019

    Credit ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Chinese owner of Aquascutum and Gieves & Hawkes because of the “limited progress on its refinancing plans”. 

  • Boris Johnson general election 2019: taken from Conservative party website

    Industry welcomes ‘certainty’ of election outcomeSubscription

    News13 December 2019

    The industry has welcomed the “certainty” of a majority Conservative government. 

  • Topshop store

    Arcadia refinances Topshop flagshipSubscription

    News13 December 2019

    Arcadia Group has confirmed the refinancing of its £310m mortgage on Topshop’s flagship store on London’s Oxford Street.

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    New Look appoints CEOSubscription

    News12 December 2019

    New Look has announced that COO Nigel Oddy will step into the CEO role in the new year. 

  • julian dunkerton ceo superdry

    Superdry to launch new premium linesSubscription

    News12 December 2019

    Superdry is to launch four new premium, limited edition collections for its autumn 20. 

  • ashley hof

    Sports Direct blames Harrods for HoF store closureSubscription

    News12 December 2019

    Mike Ashley is to close the Milton Keynes House of Fraser store, blaming Harrods for the expected 172 job losses.

  • Presented By

    Presented By launches own-brand clothingSubscription

    News11 December 2019

    London-based premium sneaker resale business, Presented By, is launching its own clothing range. 

  • marks and spencer

    New supply chain boss for M&SSubscription

    News11 December 2019

    Marks & Spencer has appointed Adidas’s Paul Babbs to take charge of its supply chain, in a bid to revive its clothing division. 

  • Oxford street 2

    Consumers' sustainable shopping habits revealed Subscription

    News11 December 2019

    Almost two-thirds of shoppers believe that retailers and brands have the greatest responsibility for ensuring sustainable practices in the fashion industry, ahead of consumers and the government, new research has found.

  • 3088742 christmas shoppers

    High street retailers predict festive cheerSubscription

    News11 December 2019

    Retailers are optimistic ahead of the Christmas trading period, and are convinced this week’s election will not deter consumer spending in December.

  • 3084529 topshop

    Paul Price resigns as Topshop CEOSubscription

    News10 December 2019

    Topshop and Topman chief executive Paul Price has resigned after just over two years in the role. 

  • Asda

    Asda appoints George MDSubscription

    News10 December 2019

    Asda has appointed a replacement for former George MD, Nick Jones, who left the supermarket earlier this year to join Joules as CEO. 

  • Photos denim londres 2019 alexgallosi 2964

    Denim Première Vision pulls in big-ticket buyersSubscription

    News10 December 2019

    Denim Première Vision returned for a successful second London edition with an impressive roster of buyers from well-known brands. 

  • Simply Be maternity range

    N Brown hires financial services CEOSubscription

    News9 December 2019

    N Brown Group, which owns brands Simply Be, Jacamo, JD Williams and Ambrose Wilson, has appointed Daniel Joy as financial services CEO. 

  • Fresh Couture

    Investment sets Fresh Couture up for expansionSubscription

    News9 December 2019

    Independent UK streetwear brand Fresh Couture has secured a £250,000 investment to bring its design in house and drive ecommerce sales. 

  • Debenhams august 2018 sw

    Debenhams splits with property directorSubscription

    News9 December 2019

    Debenhams has parted ways with property director Clive Bentley, amid preparations to close 22 stores in the New Year. 

  • ms ss19 menswear

    M&S to shrink flagship storesSubscription

    News9 December 2019

    Marks & Spencer is launching a review to downsize around 20 of its largest shops whereby upper floors of stores could be converted into residential or office space. 

  • Fenwick Bracknell

    Family pays dividends at FenwickSubscription

    News9 December 2019

    Ailing department store chain Fenwick handed out dividends of £4.9m to its family owners last year, despite axing hundreds of roles. 

  • Ted Baker SS19

    Ted Baker seeks new chairmanSubscription

    News9 December 2019

    Premium retailer Ted Baker has hired headhunters to recruit a new chairman, after a difficult year that resulted in the appointment of consultancy firm AlixPartners. 

  • Moncler

    Moncler plays down Kering takeover rumoursSubscription

    News6 December 2019

    The chief executive of Italian luxury brand Moncler, Remo Ruffini, has dampened speculation around a takeover by Kering. 

  • next autumn 19

    Next proposes warehouse expansionSubscription

    News6 December 2019

    High street retailer Next is reportedly seeking planning permission to build a 777,000 sq ft warehouse in Yorkshire, creating more than 1,000 jobs.

  • lillywhites

    Sports Direct offers up Lillywhites London leaseSubscription

    News6 December 2019

    Sports Direct could be on the cusp of ditching its Lillywhites store on London’s Piccadilly Circus, having reportedly put its lease on the market. 

  • revo junior vice president

    Revo junior vice-president announcedSubscription

    News6 December 2019

    Commercial property body Revo has announced Philip Bier, the entrepreneur that brought Copenhagen’s Flying Tiger to the UK, as its junior vice-president. 

  • ted baker aw19

    Ted Baker calls in advisersSubscription

    News5 December 2019

    Ted Baker has appointed consultancy firm AlixPartners to conduct an in-depth review its operations after a troublesome year.

  • Young Ideas

    Are your Christmas windows the best in the land?Subscription

    News5 December 2019

    Are you enchanting and enticing your customers with your festive independent retail windows?

  • All Good Things Merry Hill

    Industry-backed sustainable retailer opens its doorsSubscription

    News2 December 2019

    New sustainable retail concept All Good Things offers a new lease of life for brands’ dead stock. Launching with two stores, the retailer sells end of the line product from its premium brand partners including Joseph, Jigsaw and The Kooples, and is backed by a range of retail veterans. 

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    All Good Things: a sustainable concept powered by retail starsSubscription

    Features2 December 2019

    New sustainable retail concept, All Good Things, offers an innovative and overdue solution to retail’s landfill legacy.

  • Royal mail

    Royal Mail strike appeal rejectedSubscription

    News29 November 2019

    A union appeal against the injunction preventing Royal Mail staff from striking ahead of Christmas has been rejected by the Court of Appeal. 

  • barton square courtyard view

    Intu calls in advisersSubscription

    News29 November 2019

    Shopping centre owner Intu is reported to have drafted in advisers to work on a balance-sheet restructuring. 

  • allbirds black friday store 2

    Black Friday boycott tracker 2019Subscription

    News29 November 2019

    This year, a notable number of fashion brands have taken a sustainable stance against Black Friday. Drapers brings you the Black Friday boycotters. 

  • 3085671 oxford street

    Consumer confidence flatlines ahead of electionSubscription

    News29 November 2019

    November’s UK consumer confidence score marks nearly four years since the index was in positive territory. 

  • Dr martens aw19 (6)

    Buyer circles Dr MartensSubscription

    News29 November 2019

    A US private equity firm is reported to be in talks to buy Dr Martens in a deal that could value the UK footwear brand at £1bn. 

  • black friday

    Black Friday 2019 deal tracker: the latest discountsSubscription

    News28 November 2019

    With Black Friday around the corner, one by one retailers are unveiling their discounts. Drapers brings you a round-up of the latest offers.

  • drapers indie indicator index image

    Drapers Investigates: the independent retail crisisSubscription

    Features28 November 2019

    Drapers’ survey shows independent businesses are currently battling to survive amid high street headwinds, with more than a quarter reporting they are not profitable. It found that the survival of the independent sector will require significant action from local councils and wider government.

  • Oxford street 2

    November marks half year of shop price declineSubscription

    News27 November 2019

    Shop prices continued to fall in November, marking the sixth consecutive month of decline ahead of peak Christmas trading. 

  • vivienne king

    Revo names new CEOSubscription

    News27 November 2019

    Revo, the representative body for the UK retail property sector, appointed Vivienne King as its new chief executive. 

  • New look

    New Look investor announces financial restructuringSubscription

    News27 November 2019

    One of New Look’s leading shareholders, South African investment firm Brait, has announced a new strategy to realise its investments over the next five years putting it “on a firm financial footing for the future”.

  • Jane Shepherdson, Whistles

    Jane Shepherdson returns to the industrySubscription

    News27 November 2019

    Former Whistles CEO, Jane Shepherdson, has joined rental platform My Wardrobe HQ as its new chair, after a three-year break from the retail industry.

  • Victoria Beckham

    Losses widen at Victoria BeckhamSubscription

    News27 November 2019

    Losses at eponymous fashion label, Victoria Beckham, increased 20% last year due to a large fall in sales.

  • Sosandar

    Revenues rise at SosandarSubscription

    News27 November 2019

    Womenswear etailer Sosandar has reported a 53% revenue increase, to £2.82m, for the six months to 30 September 2019.

  • jenners2

    Jenners could be forced to leave Princes StreetSubscription

    News27 November 2019

    Edinburgh’s Jenners department store could be forced to leave its iconic Princes Street location, which it has occupied for more than 180 years.

  • black friday

    How Black Friday has become retail's grey areaSubscription

    Features26 November 2019

    Black Friday has become a fixture on the fashion retail industry’s promotional calendar. But as the discounting activity becomes longer and deeper, and some retailers and consumers shun the event altogether, its future has become blurred.

  • Sports direct thurrock

    Sports Direct to rebrand as FrasersSubscription

    News25 November 2019

    Sports Direct International plc is set to rebrand as Frasers Group to reflect its “changing profile” and “elevation strategy”. 

  • Ted baker aw19

    Ted Baker hires chief people officerSubscription

    News25 November 2019

    Lifestyle brand Ted Baker has appointed Asos’s Peter Collyer as chief people officer. 

  • Victoria's Secret

    Victoria's Secret cancels annual showSubscription

    News22 November 2019

    US lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret has cancelled its annual fashion show in the face of rising criticism and dwindling television ratings.

  • Skopes westfield (3)

    Skopes to open new stores with £6m investmentSubscription

    News22 November 2019

    Menswear brand Skopes has secured £6m in funding from HSBC UK, and plans to open a further 15 stores.

  • black friday

    Black Friday 2019 could be 'most disruptive' yetSubscription

    News22 November 2019

    With Black Friday falling after pay day, more than one-quarter of shoppers plan to bring forward their Christmas spend, meaning this year’s event could “be one of the most disruptive for the retail industry”, new research suggests.

  • Daniela rinaldi & manju malhotra co coo's harvey nichols

    Harvey Nichols co-COO departsSubscription

    News21 November 2019

    Harvey Nichols co-chief operating officer Daniela Rinaldi is leaving the business after 35 years. 

  • McElhinney's Christmas window 2019

    McElhinneys unveils environmental Christmas campaignVideoSubscription

    News19 November 2019

    Independent department store McElhinneys has kicked off the festive season in Ballybofey, County Donegal, with the unveiling of its Christmas windows.

  • Nobody's Child

    Nobody's Child CEO to exitSubscription

    News19 November 2019

    Nobody’s Child CEO John Allen is to exit after a year in the role, having delivered significant change at the womenswear etailer. 

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