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The weekend newspaper round up: March 27 to 28 2010

A round up of the best fashion business stories from the weekend’s newspapers.

The British Retail Consortium will publish a report in five week’s time detailing the impact of post-election tax increases and cuts in public spending on consumer economy, according to The Sunday Telegraph. Retail industry leaders will be asked to contribute their views.

Elle magazine’s French edition this week features plus-sized models on the cover and has 32 pages dedicated to plus-size fashions, reported the Observer. The issue has been published a month after Italian Vogue produced an online special called ‘Vogue curvy’.

The Harris Tweed Authority has reported a surge in interest after on-set pictures of Matt Smith as Doctor Who hit the internet, according to The Times. The organisation, which represents the Hebridean, home-spun cloth, has been fielding calls from ardent Who fans wanting to replicate Smith’s vintage tweed look.

Laura Tenison, founder and qwner of childrenswear and maternity retailer Jojo Maman Bebe, spoke to the Sunday Telegraph about setting up business in Newport, South Wales, and winning Veuve Clicquot’s Business Woman Of The Year.

Brora founder Victoria Stapleton revealed the secrets of the success of one of Scotland’s thriving luxury cashmere brands, despite the economic downturn. Her top tips included staying true to her homeland and refusing to cut price-points.



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