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Christmas trading

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Festive footfall up at Lifestyle OutletsSubscription

4 February 2020 By

Outlet retailer Lifestyle Outlets reported an 8.4% increase in footfall year on year over the Christmas trading period.

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Bumper Black Friday onlineSubscription

23 January 2020 By

Online clothing sales rose 9.5% year on year in December as a result of Black Friday falling later in the calendar, new research has found. 

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Christmas boost for Crew ClothingSubscription

17 January 2020 By

Coastal inspired British brand Crew Clothing has reported a 12% year on year boost to sales over the Christmas period.

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N Brown warns on profitsSubscription

16 January 2020 By

N Brown Group has said it expects profits for the full year to be lower than expected as a result of a highly promotional market, lower financial services revenue and a lower than expected benefit from the IFRS9 non-cash provision estimate.

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Christmas sales slumped after shoppers 'pull forward' purchasesSubscription

13 January 2020 By

Consumers “pulled forward” Christmas gift purchases to take advantage of Black Friday discounting, analysts have told Drapers, as multiple retailers report a slump in festive sales.

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December footfall hit by early Black FridaySubscription

13 January 2020 By

Weak consumer confidence combined with an early Black Friday and Cyber Monday caused UK footfall to fall in December, new data reveals. 

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M&S Christmas sales slumpSubscription

9 January 2020 By

UK clothing and home sales at Marks & Spencer dipped by 3.7% year on year to £1bn in the 13 weeks to 28 December, as a result of an “underperformance” in menswear and gifting. 


Sainsbury's Christmas clothing sales upSubscription

8 January 2020 By

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s clothing offer received a festive boost over the Christmas season, rising by 4.4% compared to the same period last year.

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Next ups profit forecast after strong ChristmasSubscription

3 January 2020 By

Next has reported a better-than-expected 5.2% rise in full-price sales including interest over the Christmas period, boosted by a cold November and improved stock availability.

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Quiet Christmas Eve for shoppersSubscription

27 December 2019 By

Panic shoppers were a rare sight this Christmas Eve, as footfall across the UK fell by 7.8% year on year on the last shopping day before Christmas.

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Merry Christmas from DrapersSubscription

24 December 2019

We hope you have a happy and relaxing break, and an excellent new year.

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Millions to 'panic' spend on Monday before ChristmasSubscription

23 December 2019 By

Millions of shoppers are expected to descend on stores across the UK today to complete their Christmas shopping, new research has found. 

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'Super Saturday' footfall falls 10.3%Subscription

23 December 2019 By

Footfall across UK high streets declined by 10.3% year on year on 21 December, a day known as “Super Saturday”, new research has found. 

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Christmas panic purchases to hit £1.4bnSubscription

20 December 2019 By

Shoppers across the UK are predicted to spend £1.4bn on in-store sales on the final weekend before Christmas, new research has found. 

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Can Christmas sales make 2019 profitable?Subscription

20 December 2019 By

Retailers will be “trying hard to make up for lost ground” this Christmas, UK head of retail at KPMG Paul Martin says. 

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Retailers overestimate Christmas delivery timesSubscription

19 December 2019 By

UK retailers are overestimating delivery times over the peak trading period to “avoid ruining Christmas for shoppers”, new research has found. 

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Shoppers splurge on new festive outfit every year Subscription

18 December 2019 By

More than three-quarters (78%) of British women have admitted to splashing out on a new party outfit for the festive season every year, new research has found. 

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Retailers offer 'deepest ever' pre-Christmas discountsSubscription

16 December 2019 By

Average pre-Christmas discounting has already reached a record 43.8% across all retail this December, new research has found. 

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High street retailers predict festive cheerSubscription

11 December 2019 By ,

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

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Psyche Christmas display shines light on sustainabilitySubscription

4 December 2019 By Hywel Roberts

Middlesbrough-based premium independent store Psyche has unveiled its festive shop display, which this year aims to highlight the “darker side” of seasonal shopping.


Election heaps more uncertainty on industrySubscription

27 November 2019 By Hywel Roberts

Fashion and footwear business leaders have voiced growing concerns about the impact the general election and uncertainty over the next steps for Brexit will have on consumer confidence in the run-up to Christmas.

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Christmas shoppers undeterred by election nervesSubscription

21 November 2019 By

The general election and political instability will have no significant impact on consumer spending this Christmas, new research shows.

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Retailers call for support as redundancies rocketSubscription

20 November 2019 By

The industry is calling for government support as scores of retailers across the UK cut head office roles in a bid to reduce costs and combat tough trading conditions.  

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Debenhams recruits 7,000 Christmas staffSubscription

20 November 2019 By

Debenhams has filled 7,000 Christmas jobs across its 165 UK stores in the run up to Christmas, to help offer better customer service during the busiest time of year. 

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McElhinneys unveils environmental Christmas campaignVideoSubscription

19 November 2019 By

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

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Christmas shopping budgets to edge upSubscription

18 November 2019 By

Christmas shopping budgets in the UK are expected to increase by £6 compared with last year to £567, new research has shown.

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Indies prepare for ‘make or break’ golden quarterSubscription

12 November 2019 By

Independent retailers across the UK are going the extra mile to draw in cautious customers in the build-up to a “tough and lean” peak trading season.

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Retailers brace for ‘critical’ Christmas Subscription

8 November 2019 By

Despite a 3.7% uplift in total like-for-like sales in October, retailers face additional obstacles this Christmas, including on-going political and economic sagas.