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News in brief

News in brief for the week ending February 2, 2008.

Jones Bootmaker chief operating officer Vasek Jelinek has left the business after six years. He is not expected to be replaced. Chief executive John Watkinson will continue to run the business.

Long Tall Sally has appointed creative agency 2020 to overhaul its brand image. The new look will debut on Long Tall Sally’s website in the autumn.

TBC has added a second tranche of new brands, with Religion, Puma, DrunknMunky, Remus Uomo, Schmoove, Spring Court, Lost Property and Smileyworld joining the streetwear show’s line-up at the Truman Brewery in London on February 10-11. For details see www.2beconfirmed.com

Fat Face has opened its first Irish outlet store at The Outlet retail park in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. The 1,456sq ft store will sit alongside retailers including Gap, The Designer Studio, Joseph, Ghost, Kurt Muller, Mandarina Duck, Murphy & Nye, Bench and Hooch.

Inditex has signed more than 30,000sq ft of space at the Liverpool One scheme for its Zara, Pull and Bear and Zara Home chains. Zara will relocate from its existing store in Church Street to a 20,000sq ft unit. Pull and Bear will occupy 6,800sq ft, with Zara Home taking 3,000sq ft. Retail agent Harper Dennis Hobbs acted for Inditex.

Miss Selfridge has appointed former Topshop head of visual James Sheppard as visual director to work with boss Yasmin Yusuf on the creative direction of the business. He will work on store interiors, campaign shots and marketing.

The White Company has appointed design agency Brinkworth to develop a new store concept. Brinkworth has been briefed to evolve the concept to better reflect the lifestyle retailer’s sophisticated offer. The first revamped stores will be unveiled this summer.

Johnny Loves Rosie, the accessories label, will launch in Topshop on London’s Oxford Street next week. The store will stock a 100-piece range of hair accessories, with some styles designed exclusively for Topshop. Retail prices will range from £4 to £35.

Bubble, the kidswear trade fair from New York, said it attracted more than 700 visitors to its new UK show at London Olympia last week, with UK and Republic of Ireland visitors making up 84% of the total. Visitors from Europe made up 9% of the attendees, while the remaining 7% came from Japan, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the US.

Shopworks, the international retail consultancy firm, has appointed Matthew Kavanagh as group account director. He will be charged with enhancing the firm’s customer service functions.

Intimas Group, the lingerie business, has appointed John Gibson as chairman with immediate effect. Gibson, who was managing director of Real Good Food Group until September 2007, replaces Michael Hobbs, who resigned last month.

Dunhill has appointed mens-wear designer Kim Jones as creative director. Jones will abandon his own label and his tie-up with Umbro to focus on his new role at the men’s luxury brand. He is expected to revamp the offer in order to appeal to a younger customer.

President Bush and congressional leaders have agreed a US$150 billion package to help revive the US economy. The deal includes business tax cuts and rebates, agreed by the White House and leaders of the House of Representatives. Another incentive will allow businesses to deduct 50% of the cost of new equipment and other investments. Small businesses could write off up to US$250,000 in purchases.

Delta Apparel, the US clothing company, has posted a net loss of US$2.8 million (£1.4m) for the second quarter of 2007, compared with a net income of US$600,000 (£300,000) for the same period the year before. Net sales for the three months to December 29 were US$68.8m (£34.74m), compared with US$72.9m (£36.8m) for the previous year’s second quarter.

Inditex opened its second Zara store in Oslo in Norway last week. The 12,000sq ft shop is spread over three floors and will sell women’s, men’s and kids’ wear. As well as its other Zara store in the city, Inditex also has two Massimo Dutti shops in Norway. The Inditex group has 3,670 stores across 68 countries.

Carrefour, the French retail giant, posted a 10.2% leap in sales for the fourth quarter. The group attributed the growth to its non-food lines, including clothing.

Sears chief executive Aylwin Lewis will leave the business on February 2. He will be replaced by Bruce Johnson, who is executive vice president at the US department store group, on an interim basis. Chairman Edward Lambert will lead the board’s search for a permanent chief executive.

Larizia, the luxury womenswear independent based in north London, is to install a new point-of-sale system across its three stores and head office, replacing its manual system. Eurostop’s WinRMIS Retail Management solution and WinPOS system will allow the retailer to better manage stock levels and analyse sales data.

My Shop is Your Shop, a marketing group that promotes the value of independent retailers in local communities, is calling for retailers to take part in its National Cuppa Day. MSYS is encouraging indies to invite customers to stop by for a “cuppa and a chat”. It will form part of this year’s National Independents’ Week, starting on June 3.

Blossom, a maternitywear shop, has opened its first store in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The shop is owned by photographer Abby Nelson and occupies two of the seven units in Nelson’s photographic studio on Station Street in the town.

The British Shops and Stores Association (BSSA) has teamed up with payroll service partner Bishop Fleming to offer BSSA members a 30% discount on payroll processing fees.

Giraffe & Me, a kidswear retailer in Wiltshire, will launch a transactional website this month to drive sales. The store, in Bradford-on-Avon, stocks brands including Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Hatley.

Darlington council’s latest figures show that in the centre of the town, in County Durham, 9.2% of shops are closed. Councillor Alan Coultas said he was concerned by the figure. “I hope the declining economic situation will not exacerbate things. The health of our retailers and the town centre economy is vital to the town,” he said.

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