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UK retail sales plummet in September, etail also continues to suffer - CBI

UK retail sales plummet in September, etail also continues to suffer - CBI

Retail sales volumes fell at a “considerable rate” in September after posting strong growth in August. What’s more the decline in sales is expected to continue next month, albeit at a slower pace, according to the CBI.
Fashion
UK consumer confidence hits new low in August - GfK

UK consumer confidence hits new low in August - GfK

An already bruised consumer confidence took a further hit in September, tumbling to a new low.. And with the Bank of England now suggesting the UK has tipped into recession, expect further dips to come.
Fashion
Skinnydip London links with Wunderkind to boost DTC

Skinnydip London links with Wunderkind to boost DTC

British lifestyle and fashion brand Skinnydip London said it has enhanced its direct-to-consumer operations by partnering with Wunderkind and, specifically, accessing its performance marketing engine.
Fashion
UK launches VAT-free shopping for all overseas tourists as mini-budget is unveiled

UK launches VAT-free shopping for all overseas tourists as mini-budget is unveiled

​In what has been called a ‘mini budget’, the UK government on Friday not only said that it would bring back VAT-free shopping for tourists to Britain but that it would be a better system than the one abolished in 2021.
Fashion
Small and vintage business numbers surge

Small and vintage business numbers surge

​The number of small, independent fashion business — as well as those selling secondhand clothing — has surged in the UK in the past year, new data shows. 
Fashion
M&S increases pay again in face of cost-of-living crisis

M&S increases pay again in face of cost-of-living crisis

M&S has set out a £15 million package to support its front-line workers in the cost-of-living crisis, introduced an additional autumn pay review for the first time, while extending wide-ranging wellbeing benefits.
Fashion
Xydrobe to launch 'world’s first luxury VR shopping universe'

Xydrobe to launch 'world’s first luxury VR shopping universe'

It’s going to be the “world’s first luxury virtual reality shopping universe”, we’re told. And although the so-called Xydrobe universe doesn’t officially open until 2023, it has just started taking registrations.
Fashion
Dior links with Harrods for Christmas celebration

Dior links with Harrods for Christmas celebration

​With the key festive selling season looming, Dior has announced that it’s paying “tribute to the unbreakable ties it has woven with Harrods over nearly 70 years, and to Christian Dior’s love of Christmas celebrations”. 
Luxury
Thousands of retailers missed out on promised rates relief

Thousands of retailers missed out on promised rates relief

A third of high street businesses in England have missed out on discounts on their business rates bills.. Just 272,000 out of 400,000 businesses were able to claim a 50% discount on the commercial property tax.
Fashion
Liberty's Coonan becomes MD of retail

Liberty's Coonan becomes MD of retail

​Upscale department store retailer Liberty has promoted buying director Sarah Coonan to the role of MD of retail, a post she takes up immediately.
Fashion
Warpaint London H1 is strong in UK and US, momentum continues

Warpaint London H1 is strong in UK and US, momentum continues

​Beauty specialist Warpaint London flagged its latest results a few weeks ago but on Wednesday it offered up more details as it confirmed its figures for the first six months of the year.
Beauty
Nina Ricci names Harris Reed its new creative director

Nina Ricci names Harris Reed its new creative director

​Puig’s Nina Ricci label has named London-based Harris Reed as its creative director, the youngest-ever creative chief at the 90-year-old brand.
Luxury
George at Asda's Matthews joins John Lewis in key lifestyle role

George at Asda's Matthews joins John Lewis in key lifestyle role

John Lewis has appointed at big-hitter to take on the role of its all-new product director for lifestyle, covering fashion and home. It said hiring Zoe Matthews represented a “step-change in our business”.
Fashion
Who What Wear and Marie Claire owner set to lose CEO

Who What Wear and Marie Claire owner set to lose CEO

Zillah Byng-Thorne, the chief executive of specialist media platform Future, is preparing to step down in 2023 after eight years in charge.
Fashion
John Lewis raids marketing budget to fund staff meals

John Lewis raids marketing budget to fund staff meals

For John Lewis, charity certainly does begin at home. The Partnership has admitted it’s to redirect some of its marketing budget to help pay for food for staff struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.
Fashion
New Selfridges owners mull opening additional UK stores

New Selfridges owners mull opening additional UK stores

More UK cities could see Selfridges branches opening with new owners Central Group and Signa clearly having ambitious plans for the luxury chain that currently comprises just four stores.
Luxury