As so-called Freedom day approaches on Monday, there’s still a certain amount of nervousness among retailers in England (and their customers) over the ending of the legal requirement to wear face coverings in-store.
Yet more positive news on commercial landlord rent collection and UK retail performance. Hammerson, the owner/operator of the Bullring & Grand Central in Birmingham, said footfall trends “remain encouraging”.
Department store Liberty has filed its results for the year to the end of January and said that it was "significantly impacted" by the three separate Covid lockdown in the UK that dented footfall to its London flagship.
The Victoria Square retail development in Woking, Surrey, has been handed a major boost. The Moyallen Group and Woking Council joint venture has secured Marks & Spencer as anchor attraction to the 125,000 sq ft centre.
It hasn’t taken long to hear who’s moving into the location that Superdry is vacating on Regent Street. Fast Retailing has just announced that it will be taking up residence with its Uniqlo and Theory brands.
UK online retail sales dropped 14.1% in June, which was the biggest fall since the IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index began. Beauty plunged but there was a bright spot for fashion, which rose in double-digits.
Boohoo Group has signed a partnership deal with Alshaya Group to build on the presence of Debenhams in the Middle East and also take other brands in its portfolio to the region via stores rather than just online.
Gucci has been named as the hottest brand in fashion for the fourth consecutive quarter by Lyst, with the return of dressier options and styles for travel and leisure also being identified as key quarterly trends.
The Italian eyewear specialist, active on the Chinese market for the last seven years via a joint venture with local operator Ginko Group, has announced the opening of a subsidiary in Shanghai, its 14th worldwide.
Two clothing brands have made their designer outlet debuts in York in the north of England, and in Scotland. Lazy Jacks has opening in McArthurGlen York and Johnstons of Elgin has debuted in Caledonia Park Scotland.