Lockdowns haven’t meant UK consumers have taken their eyes off personal hygiene issues. If anything, Covid-19 has actually seen them up their game as sales of soap doubled in 2020 to £392m, according to Mintel research.
Burberry is continuing to focus on tech in the all-important Asia market and has just announced a new digital project. It has worked with Elle Digital Japan to create an “interactive virtual replica of its Ginza store”.
There are some mixed signals coming out of the latest consumer research suggesting that the retail bounce-back could be delayed until late summer. But fashion and beauty should still get a boost from next month.
The Scottish government has unveiled a new timetable to exit lockdown with non-essential stores to reopen on 26 April. Click and collect facilities are to resume and salons are to reopen earlier than expected on 5 April.
Pent-up shopper enthusiasm continues to grow. With the countdown to non-essential retail opening in the UK next month, weekly footfall rose for the seventh time in eight consecutive weeks, according to Springboard.