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Matalan names new Chair from Takko, ex-Co-op food leader Whitfield is CEO
There’s a new leadership team at Matalan with the company announcing on Monday that Karl-Heinz Holland is now the company’s Chair and Jo Whitfield joins as CEO.
WBA revisits Boots sale plan as sales rise at the chain
Boots could be back on the auction block. Having removed the ‘up for sale’ tag last year, owner Walgreens Boots Alliance could be looking to offload or float the UK health & beauty giant later this year.
Hyve Group talks of strong events momentum, revenues improving
Back to running a full schedule of global events, Hyve Group said Monday it has started this year with “purpose and momentum”, alongside strengthening revenues.
End of the online boom? Not for Millennials says ESW report
There's been a lot of talk post-pandemic about how e-tail growth has stalled and physical shopping has recovered. But many consumers remain heavily focused on e-commerce, and Millennials are most prominent among them.
Buoyant Superdrug opens biggest store in Scotland
Superdrug has opened its biggest store in Scotland at the Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow, with the new location offering a wide range of products and services.
Luxury activity exploded in 2022, pop-ups were key - report
Luxurynsight has released its annual Global Luxury Brand Analysis report and found an unsurprising double-digit rise in overall activity for fashion and leather goods last year as the world 'normalised post'-pandemic.
UK Gen Z shoppers embrace VAT-free EU spending post-Brexit
The UK may have failed to offer the hoped-for Vat-free shopping for EU tourists post-Brexit, but British tourists are taking advantage of their ability to shop tax-free within the EU, and Gen Z is leading the charge.
Mary Portas weighs in as John Lewis controversy continues
JLP Chairman Sharon White is mulling bringing in an outside investor, but the idea has sparked a big backlash and at the weekend, a high-profile industry insider accused the retailer of losing sight of what’s important.
Landsec retail prize winner will be offered pop-up in Leeds or Wandsworth
Landsec is again offering up-and-coming retailers the chance to win a month-long pop-up space at one of the commercial property giant’s prime retail destinations.
GfK UK consumer confidence rises again in March
UK consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in March following a dark period of consecutive declines going back to last autumn. Admittedly, it’s still in negative territory though.
UK retail sales rise in February but values fail to match inflation
British retail sales volumes rose 1.2% in February compared to January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed on Friday.
Warpaint London delivers buoyant trading update
Beauty specialist Warpaint London delivered a pleasing trading update on Friday and said that its strong performance last year has continued during Q1.
Eurofragance grew by 21% in 2022 to 113 million euros
The Spanish company recorded an increase in sales that exceeded its forecasts in all the categories and regions in which it operates. The company expects to have a "successful first quarter" in 2023.
V&A releases details of and early tickets for first UK Coco Chanel exhibition
The V&A on Thursday released a limited number of tickets for the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Called Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto, it opens In September.
Parfums Christian Dior names Philippe Farnier global executive vice-president
The LVMH luxury group has announced the appointment of Philippe Farnier to the position of global executive vice-president of Parfums Christian Dior.
ASOS expands Face+Body beauty offer
ASOS is expanding its Face+Body beauty range in response to rocketing social media demand. Malin+Goetz, Megababe and The Beauty Crop are being added to the range this spring, taking it beyond 200 brands.