Stealthy in-line store pull-outs and intensified competition to attract new retailers figure among the problems facing malls in 2018, which must diversify their offer and focus their investments on consumer experience.
As it works to boost its clothing sales with essentials as well as fashion-focused pieces, M&S has taken a deep dive into plus-size with the launch of a line for the growing number of UK women who wear sizes 18 to 32.
Amazon added 300,000 small and medium size businesses (SMBs) as vendors in 2017. The online retail giant reports half of all items ordered last year were from SMBs selling through the Amazon Marketplace.
Switzerland’s retail sector is expected to partially recover in 2018 due to a strong Swiss economy, which has largely overcome problems triggered by a strong franc following the end of a cap against the euro in 2015.
Fat Face’s decision to shun the traditional pre-Christmas discounting practices paid off for the British casualwear retailer, as sales increased by 12% and 8% on a like-for-like basis in the 5 weeks to 6 January 2018.
French fashion label Saint Laurent, part of Kering, will start selling online in China through a JD.com portal, joining shopping players like Alibaba in trying to tap strong luxury goods demand from Chinese consumers.