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SuperGroup nabs Reiss’s retail chief

Superdry owner SuperGroup has poached Reiss’s European retail director, Claire Arksey, as its new head of retail.

Arksey, who has spent five years at the premium retailer, will shape and implement SuperGroup’s UK retail strategy. She replaces John Kingston, who left late last year.

Arksey said: “Superdry is a fantastic brand with huge potential.” Chief executive Julian Dunkerton said: “We are all excited about the positive effect this will have on our growth and retail performance.”

Arksey also previously held positions at Ted Baker and GAP.

SuperGroup last month revised its full-year profits guidance, following a sales slowdown in January. It expects pre-tax profit towards the lower end of market expectations. Current forecasts range from £50m to £54.1m, with consensus of £52.6m.

The business performed strongly over Christmas, with December like-for-likes up 9.3%.

Superdry this week opened two further floors of its new London Regent Street flagship store.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Last years Superdry, is next years Firetrap! Give it two more years and JD and Sports Direct will be bidding for the next inhouse brand.

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  • Who cares ? Is there nothing better to report ?

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  • Interesting comment about Superdry being the next Firetrap, as the former had to a degree been responsible for the latters demise. I think there is still decent life in the brand, but it has certainly peaked and has to be very careful how they plan their future.

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