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Employment law 2017 - what can retailers expect?

By Gavin Matthews, partner and head of the retail sector group at Bond Dickinson
2017 looks set to be a busy year in employment law in light of mandatory gender pay gap reporting, the apprenticeship levy and Brexit issues. Here are the main developments and upcoming legislation that retail employers should watch out for.
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Christmas shoppers keep station retailers on track

Christmas shoppers keep station retailers on track

20 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

Network Rail has revealed that retail sales at its managed stations during the festive period grew by 9.5% compared to the same period in the previous year.

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Insight: machine learning revolutionising the customer experience

Insight: machine learning revolutionising the customer experience

20 January 2017 by By Glynn Davis in New York

Stationery specialist Staples is implementing the latest machine learning technology to automate the interactions it has with its business customers in order to help it deliver improved service and react faster to customer queries.

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HEMA to roll out international store formula in all Benelux stores

HEMA to roll out international store formula in all Benelux stores

20 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

Homewares retailer HEMA is planning to convert nearly all stores in the Benelux to its international store formula following a successful pilot in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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Buy It Direct increases sales and profit

Buy It Direct increases sales and profit

20 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

Online retail group Buy It Direct increased its profits by 44% to £2.6 million in 2016.

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Pets at Home third quarter performance boosted by strong growth from vet practices

Pets at Home third quarter performance boosted by strong growth from vet practices

19 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

Pets at Home saw its group revenue climb by 4.4% to £203.7 million in its third quarter as trade was boosted by a strong performance from its veterinary practices.

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Halfords posts strong  sales growth

Halfords posts strong sales growth

19 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

Car parts and cycling retailer Halfords has grown its group revenue by 11.4% in its third quarter after retail like-for-like sales climbed by 7%.

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N Brown third quarter revenue up 4.1%

N Brown third quarter revenue up 4.1%

19 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

N Brown, the owner of JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo, has posted a 4.1% increase in its third quarter revenue after trade was boosted by a record Cyber fortnight in the lead-up to Christmas.

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Iceland launches interactive Facebook Live campaign

Iceland launches interactive Facebook Live campaign

19 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

Iceland has launched an interactive Facebook Live campaign as it aims to show shoppers they can save money by buying frozen food.

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Realm's UK outlet portfolio reports increased sales and footfall

Realm's UK outlet portfolio reports increased sales and footfall

19 January 2017 by The Retail Bulletin

The Realm portfolio of outlet centres has reported that total sales rose by 16% year-on-year in 2016. On a like-for-like basis sales were up 7% as footfall grew by 5% in the year.

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