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Mamas & Papas launches resale and repair initiative
UK high street nursery brand Mamas & Papas has expanded its commitment to the resale/second-hand market, launching a ‘Loved for Life’ initiative.
Leases, occupancy strong but British Land loss-making as interest rates bite
First the good news. For the year ending 31 March, commercial property giant British Land leased out 3.4 million sq ft of space and portfolio occupancy is now 96.7%.
TfL links with IMG in licensing deal
We can expect to see more products on sale globally carrying the distinctive roundel and moquette fabric designs used by London’s public transport system Transport for London (TfL).
Affluent and younger shoppers are most eco-focused says ESW
It may not come as a surprise, but research seems to have confirmed that the highest value e-shoppers are the most sustainability-focused in a world of consumers who are generally prioritising eco-awareness more often.
Nike Unite concept opens at Merry Hill
Nike’s latest community-focused concept, Nike Unite, has opened at Merry Hill, just two months after the US sportswear giant first announced the statement opening for the West Midlands mall.
Retail a bright spot as loss-making Landsec endures tough economy
Land Securities has swung to an annual loss, as surging interest rates and broader economic woes weighed on the valuation of its portfolio. But it’s progressing reasonably well in terms of letting prime retail space.
'Revenge spending' by Chinese shoppers to boost UK says bank boss
Expect a wave of pent-up consumer spending to significantly boost the British economy this year. It’s heading to the UK from China and it’s called ‘Revenge Spending’ with shoppers backed by £760 billion in savings.
Saatchi & Saatchi is John Lewis's new creative marketing agency
The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has appointed a new ad agency. Saatchi & Saatchi has become the UK retail giant’s new creative marketing partner from this summer for both John Lewis and its supermarket brand Waitrose.
Major London landlord GPE deepens sustainability strategy
London property giant GPE is progressing with its eco strategy and on Monday gave us an update on its 2020-launched Sustainability Statement of Intent, entitled 'The Time is Now’.
Agnès b to open Café du Cycliste collaboration in Covent Garden
The popular combination of cycling and summer is about to deliver an interesting fashion pop-up collaboration in London’s Covent Garden.
Stockmann names new CEO, Lindex chief steps up
Finnish retail giant Stockmann, which owns its namesake department stores as well as the internationally available Lindex brand, has named a new CEO. Susanne Ehnbåge has stepped up to the role, effective immediately.
Amazon announces new funding for SME apprenticeships in England
Amazon isn’t just a giant on the retail front. The global e-tailer is also big when it comes to funding and its Amazon Apprenticeship scheme is notching up £8 million in backing since launch in 2021.
White Stuff boosts Scottish store count with Silverburn opening
White Stuff has strengthened its presence in Scotland, opening a store in Silverburn shopping centre, Glasgow. The UK fashion & lifestyle retailer’s new 1,965 sq ft store features its new branding and store design.
London Designer Outlet sees "strongest ever April"
London Designer Outlet’s performance continues to highlight the strength of outlets overall, with it saying this week that it saw its “strongest ever April”. Sales rose 16% year on year and 17% since April 2019.
THG ends Apollo talks, says performance continues to improve
THG shares continued their rollercoaster ride Friday, dropping 13% after it said that it's no longer in talks with private equity giant Apollo about a possible takeover as the proposal undervalued the e-commerce firm.
John Lewis launches 'Eurovision extravaganza' in Liverpool
It’s Eurovision Contest weekend and it’s big, especially in Liverpool, the city hosting the event on behalf of war-torn Ukraine.