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Latest Brexit news


Liam Fox says odds on no-deal Brexit are 60-40Subscription

6 August 2018 By Kaisha Langton

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said “intransigence” from the European Union is pushing Britain towards a no-deal Brexit.

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BRC chief warns of 'no deal' BrexitSubscription

17 July 2018 By Tim Clark

The chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, Helen Dickinson, has warned of the risk of a “no deal” Brexit to UK retailers.


‘Further clarity needed’ following Brexit white paperSubscription

12 July 2018 By

The retail industry has welcomed the proposed frictionless customs system outlined in the government’s Brexit white paper, but called for more clarity on the terms of the deal.

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Industry calls for free-trade Brexit deal Subscription

10 July 2018 By Tim Clark

UK fashion retailers and suppliers have voiced fears the industry could face rising costs and uncertainty if the UK is unable to secure a favourable free-trade agreement with the European Union.

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Brexit deal or no deal, protect your trademarks now Subscription

28 June 2018

Stephen Sidkin, partner at fashion law firm Fox Williams explains why brands should review their trademark portfolios now to ensure they are protected ahead of the UK leaving the European Union.


Brexit 'no deal' to hike clothing pricesSubscription

28 June 2018 By Tim Clark

The cost of clothing and textile imports could rise by 7% if the UK fails to find a friction-less agreement from the Brexit negotiations the British Retail Consortium has said.

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UK high street in danger of 'talent exodus' Subscription

25 June 2018 By

The UK is in danger of a fashion retail talent exodus, warn headhunters, as more professionals consider taking opportunities overseas.

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How immigration shapes UK fashionSubscription

14 June 2018 By

Immigration was one of the biggest factors in the Brexit vote. Yet British fashion retail would be much poorer without the people who came to settle here

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Businesses including Amazon and John Lewis outline Brexit fearsSubscription

3 April 2018 By

Retailers Amazon and John Lewis are amongst a number of businesses to have voiced concerns to the government about Britain’s departure from the European Union.

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Comment: BRC chief on countdown to Brexit Subscription

29 March 2018

As 29 March marks the one-year countdown to leaving the European Union, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson details the unresolved issues negotiators need to address to ensure a fair Brexit.


BRC calls for Irish border clarity as Brexit transition agreedSubscription

19 March 2018 By

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has highlighted the need for further clarity on future trading across the Irish border, as the UK and the EU agree terms on a Brexit transition period.

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Clock ticking on Brexit as retailers seek answersSubscription

11 March 2018 By Manfreda Cavazza

As prime minister Theresa May continues to negotiate the UK’s separation from the European Union in a year’s time on 11pm on 29 March 2019, Drapers brings you a snapshot of the knowns and unknowns, and where opportunities and challenges lie.

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May's Brexit speech a 'step in the right direction' for creative industries Subscription

5 March 2018 By

Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit speech has been hailed as a ‘significant step in the right direction’ by the Creative Industries Federation but the trade body reiterated calls for further details on the movement of people, intellectual property rights and the free flow of data once Britain leaves the European Union.

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'Made in Manchester' is becoming a textiles realitySubscription

1 March 2018 By

British cotton is once again being spun in Manchester following a multimillion-pound investment in a new mill. Drapers explores the opportunities and challenges facing textile reshoring.

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House of Fraser boss calls for Brexit clarity Subscription

30 January 2018 By

The chairman of House of Fraser owner Sanpower Group has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to give a “definite signal” about the kind of Brexit deal she wants.

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Fashion industry leaders' predictions for 2018Subscription

4 January 2018

With Brexit looming, consumer confidence dwindling, and retailers seeking new ways to offer the best experience for shoppers, Drapers speaks to fashion leaders across the industry to see what they predict for the year ahead.

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Six challenges fashion retail faces in 2018 Subscription

1 January 2018 By

We look ahead to the big issues likely to affect retailers and brands in 2018.

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The fashion firms that changed hands in 2017Subscription

28 December 2017 By

As the fashion industry played a game of pass the parcel with some of its key businesses, Drapers looks back at some of the firms that changed hands in 2017. 

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Non-EU tariffs to soar under no-deal BrexitSubscription

26 December 2017 By

UK retailers will face higher tariffs and potential custom barriers from non-EU countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the British Retail Consortium has warned.


BRC blasts government's Brexit retail reportSubscription

21 December 2017 By

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has hit out at a government analysis of the retail sector for failing to assess the potential impact of Brexit.

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UK textile manufacturing enjoys boom in 2017Subscription

21 December 2017 By

Average production in the UK textile manufacturing industry was up 25% this year, despite looming economic uncertainty.

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Consumer confidence falls further in December Subscription

21 December 2017 By

Christmas has failed to bring shoppers festive cheer, as consumer confidence slipped one point to -13 in December.

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Native Youth takes a 'positive Manchester attitude'Subscription

13 December 2017 By , Photography by Christopher Nunn

Ash Kumar’s Native Youth was named Young Fashion Brand of the Year at the Drapers Awards last month. He explains how the “Manchester-born-and-bred” brand has become a bestseller.

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Cross-border trade to rocket over ChristmasSubscription

11 December 2017 By

Cross-border trade in the UK is expected to increase by 57% this Christmas to £1.4m in retail sales, new research has revealed.

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BRC calls for tariff-free trade following Brexit divorce dealSubscription

8 December 2017 By

The British Retail Consortium has urged Brexit negotiators to maintain tariff-free trade between the UK and the rest of the EU following a breakthrough report published on 8 December.

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Brexit: ‘huge disruption’ without new customs systemSubscription

14 November 2017

Leaving the European single market in March 2019 would be “catastrophic” if a viable customs system isn’t ready in time, a parliamentary select committee has warned.

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Why fashion needs an orderly BrexitSubscription

6 November 2017 By

As the UK government attempts to secure a transitional deal to ease our exit from the European Union, we explore how this could benefit the fashion and textiles industry.

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Greenwoods suppliers owed £3.2mSubscription

3 November 2017

Greenwoods suppliers are owed a total of £3.2m after the Yorkshire-based menswear retailer went into administration in September, its administrators report has revealed.

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BRC calls for Budget action amidst interest rates hikeSubscription

2 November 2017

The British Retail Consortium has warned that consumer spending will slow further unless the government prioritises shoppers in the autumn Budget.

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Pringle of Scotland records ongoing lossesSubscription

2 November 2017

Pringle of Scotland made a £4.9m pre-tax loss in the year ended 28 January 2017 as it continues to struggle to turn a profit.

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Sales up at Oasis and Coast Subscription

2 November 2017 By

Oasis has revealed a jump in annual profits and online sales, as group stablemate Coast successfully completed the final stage of its three-year turnaround plan.

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Overseas shoppers to boost Black Friday salesSubscription

1 November 2017 By

A total of 24% of UK Black Friday sales in 2017 will be driven by shoppers overseas, a new report suggests.


Shop price deflation remains at four-year lowSubscription

1 November 2017 By

Prices decreased at the same annual rate in October as in September, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed.

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Amazon sales rocketSubscription

27 October 2017 By

Amazon’s sales grew by 34% year on year to $43.7bn (£33bn) in the third quarter, as it reported turnover from physical stores for the first time.

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Record reduction in retail employmentSubscription

26 October 2017 By

Hours worked in retail in the third quarter fell by 4.2% year on year, a British Retail Consortium survey has revealed.

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Indies call for business rates freeze as hike looms Subscription

24 October 2017 By

Independent fashion retailers across England have called on the government to freeze business rates, as they brace for another predicted rise in April.

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Laurèl 'back on track' following insolvency exitSubscription

24 October 2017 By

German womenswear brand Laurèl is “back on track” following its exit from insolvency in September, CEO Dirk Reichert has said. 

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Realbuzz to open 30 UK sportswear storesSubscription

23 October 2017 By

Sportswear retailer Realbuzz has unveiled plans to open 30 stores in the UK over the next two years, before setting its sights on international expansion.

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Business groups demand urgent Brexit agreement Subscription

23 October 2017 By

The Government has been urged to secure a transition out of the European Union that is ‘as close as possible to the status quo’ by five leading business lobbying groups.

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September fashion sales defy retail declineSubscription

20 October 2017 By

Clothing sales edged up by 0.9% in September compared with August as retail sales suffered a 0.8% dip, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Brexit deal or no deal, protect your trademarks now Subscription

28 June 2018

Stephen Sidkin, partner at fashion law firm Fox Williams explains why brands should review their trademark portfolios now to ensure they are protected ahead of the UK leaving the European Union.

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