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Retailers reduce staffing levels as conditions remain tough

New figures have shown that the equivalent number of full time jobs in the retail sector fell by 2.4% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago.

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Bonmarché like-for-likes down in first quarter

Women’s fashion retailer Bonmarché saw its like-for-like sales decline by 7.7% in its first quarter due to weak demand for its high summer clothing ranges.

JD Sports says profits likely to be at upper end of market expectations

Sportswear retailer JD Sports has said it now anticipates that full year pre-tax profits will be in the upper half of market expectations which range between £170 and £190 million.

Leasing momentum at Covent Garden

The Royal Opera House Arcade in London’s Covent Garden has signed up a raft of upmarket brands as it looks to reposition itself as a shopping destination for luxury accessories and gifts.

Menswear to spearhead £3.2 billion growth in UK value clothing market

A new report is predicting that the UK value clothing market is set to grow by £3.2 billion over the next five years with menswear being the main market driver.

McColl's first half profits up 8.1%

Newsagent and convenience chain McColl's has seen its pre-tax profit rise by 8.1% to £8.2 million in the first half of its financial year.

Tesco teams up with Holland & Barrett in pilot health & wellbeing partnership

Tesco has teamed up Holland & Barrett to introduce a health and wellbeing ‘store in store’ format in a number of Tesco stores across the UK.

John Lewis sales suffer in heatwave

John Lewis saw its sales fall by 4.3% year-on-year last week as the UK basked in the heatwave and footfall declined in its stores.

The Grafton Centre appoints new centre manager

The Grafton Centre in Cambridge has appointed Russell Hall as its new centre manager.

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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%.

How luxury brands are improving consumer buying experiences by Nimbus & The Fine Bedding Company

It’s increasingly important that luxury brands support retailers by making the consumer aware of their products’ points of difference. This is especially true in the complicated world of filled bedding where there are so many variations for consumers to including...
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