Jill Geoghegan's stories
Drapers Awards 2019 winners revealedSubscription
Primark swept the board at the Drapers Awards 2019, picking up the prizes for Best Fashion Marketing Campaign (£100m-plus turnover), Best Store Design (over 50,000 sq ft) and Fashion Retail Business of the Year (over £500m turnover).
Office CEO resigns Subscription
The chief executive of footwear retailer Office, Lorenzo Moretti, has resigned after just one year at the business.
Christmas shopping budgets to edge upSubscription
Christmas shopping budgets in the UK are expected to increase by £6 compared with last year to £567, new research has shown.
John Lewis launches experiential concept shop Subscription
John Lewis and Waitrose are launching a consumer-centric concept shop at the partnership’s Southampton store, featuring a team of experts in cookery, gardening, beauty and gadgets.
London’s West End to get £2.5bn Christmas boost Subscription
Shopping in London’s West End is expected to hit £2.5bn over the eight-week Christmas trading period, giving retailers a welcome boost.
First look: Vans steps on to Oxford StreetSubscription
Footwear brand Vans is opening its largest European store at 214 Oxford Street in London.
Shop Direct secures funding Subscription
Shop Direct has secured £150m of additional funding following an unexpected late surge in PPI claims from shoppers.
Yoox Net-a-Porter Group has partnered with charity The Prince’s Foundation to create a student capsule collection of men’s and womenswear.
New Look is focusing on core, broad-appeal products, and improving customer experience in store and online to get the retailer back on track following a volatile first half, chief operating officer Nigel Oddy has told Drapers.
BRC calls for retail support from next government Subscription
The British Retail Consortium has launched a manifesto for the upcoming election calling for the next government to support the retail industry.
First look: Wood Wood opens Soho flagshipSubscription
Danish brand Wood Wood has opened its first UK store, at 33-35 Brewer Street in London’s Soho.
M&S chief: ‘Poor performance down to execution’Subscription
Marks & Spencer’s lacklustre clothing and home performance was the result of poor availability and operational issues, chief executive Steve Rowe has said.
Arcadia makes senior digital hiresSubscription
Arcadia has made three senior appointments to its digital team, as the group seeks to accelerate its digital growth strategy.
Sales and profits up at Kurt GeigerSubscription
Full-year sales and profits at footwear retailer Kurt Geiger were up, despite it taking a £4.1m hit following House of Fraser’s administration.
Schuh launches take-back schemeSubscription
Footwear retailer Schuh has launched a take-back scheme for unwanted shoes as part of its sustainability strategy.
Columbia Sportswear chair dies at 95 Subscription
Gert Boyle, the chairman of the board of directors at Columbia Sportswear Company, has died, aged 95.
Shop Direct hires group CFO from ClarksSubscription
Shop Direct has appointed Clarks’ European president, Ben Fletcher, as its new group chief financial officer.
Record sales at Radley London Subscription
Accessories brand Radley achieved its highest-ever turnover of £92.9m, up 8.2% on 2018, in the year to 28 April, despite the tough trading environment.
Vente-Privee to close UK business Subscription
Veepee, the flash Sale site operated by Vente-Privee Group, is closing its UK business following continued uncertainty caused by Brexit.
Harrods launches standalone beauty storesSubscription
Harrods is opening a new standalone beauty fascia, called H Beauty, which will debut at Essex’s Intu Lakeside shopping centre in April.