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The biggest headlines from Drapers Online in 2008

2008 has been a year full of news for the retail and fashion sectors. Take a look at the most read stories from Drapers Online over the year - it makes for interesting reading.

The most popular story for 2008 was Shoe Zone's rumoured purchase of 200 stores from Stead & Simpson, which was revealed exclusively by Drapers Online on January 25. The follow-up story confirming the rescue of Stead & Simpson by Shoe Zone was also one of the most read stories of the year.

The second most read story of the year was Drapers' sneak preview of Banana Republic's London flagship - which also included a photo gallery of the store and was published on the day it opened in March.

MK One going into administration was not surprisingly another story which got a lot of hits. Other credit crunch and collapse stories also drew a lot of attention including the demise of Miss Sixty stores in October, Mikey's administration, Marchpole also going in administration in November and questions over the future of branded young fashion chain Envy, which subsequently went into administration a week after Drapers first brought you the news.

The raft of discounting and Pre-Christmas Sales, including Marks & Spencer slashing 30% off clothing was also a widely read story. Drapers Online brought you regular updates on the pre-Christmas Sales across the high street during November and December.

Primark's unveiling of its autumn trends certainly got the attention of our online readers in August.

On a more positive retailing note, the opening of Westfield's White City mall in London in October was one of the biggest stories on Drapers Online of the second half of 2008. Drapers Online brought you live news coverage from the opening and uploaded videos of the centre and its retail tenants and shoppers.

The most viewed videos Drapers produced this year were our fashion trend analysis after London Fashion Week and the opening shots from Westfield.

Don't miss out on Drapers Online's Christmas updates. Drapers will be reporting daily on all the key sales figures and all the key trends to come out of this crucial Christmas trading period. Look out for our updates on M&S', Next's and Debenhams' Christmas figures in the first week of January.

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