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John Lewis announces £9 million beauty investment

John Lewis is to invest £9 million in revamping its beauty halls in several branches. This will include the introduction of new brands as part of plans to grow its beauty business.

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WH Smith full year results to be in line with expectations

Book and stationery retailer WH Smith has said its results for the year to 31 August are likely to be in line with expectations after seeing a strong performance from its travel business.

LDO retail Skills Academy boosts graduates' earnings and careers

Quintain’s London Designer Outlet has revealed that training at its retail Skills Academy has significantly increased earnings and led to promotions for graduates ahead of its first anniversary in September.

John Lewis sales up 1.3% last week

John Lewis increased its sales by 1.3% last week as cooler weather towards the end of the week prompted customers to return to the shops.

Mothercare launches new website as part of digitally-led strategy

Mothercare has launched new customer website as part of its strategy to be a digitally-led, omni-channel business.

Bake Off provides recipe for retail success

With The Great British Bake Off back on screens, new figures have shown that the UK cooking and baking market is forecast to grow by £21.4 million to reach £1.1 billion this year.

New study: progress on closing gender pay gap stalls

New research has revealed that men are more likely than women to have been promoted into senior and higher paying management roles in the past year and that no progress has been made on reducing the 23% gender pay ...

Asda sells its UK photo division to Photo-Me

Photo-Me, the instant-service equipment group, has agreed to buy Asda’s photo division which includes 191 photo centres and 172 self-service kiosks operated in Asda stores.

Penhaligon's opens its first South East store at Bluewater

British perfumer Penhaligon’s has opened its first standalone store in the South East at the Bluewater retail and leisure destination.

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It takes two; a customer experience measurement strategy

World class multi-location brands leverage several measures to understand individual store performance.

John Lewis’s click and collect service increases with Zebra by 30%

The combination of M-Netics software and Zebra handheld scanners has enabled John Lewis to expand its click and collect capacity by 30%.
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