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Fashion king Kenzo on his exit from retirement for one final fling

Fashion king Kenzo on his exit from retirement for one final fling

He could be sipping cocktails in his silk slippers yet fashion legend Kenzo is back at the age of 80, throwing himself into the world of interior design Friday with the launch of his new brand, K3.
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Strong Black Friday hurt rest of Christmas for struggling retailers says GlobalData

Strong Black Friday hurt rest of Christmas for struggling retailers says GlobalData

The full line-up of Christmas trading statements may not yet have been released, but plenty have already come out and it’s clear that Black Friday’s success could have dealt a crushing blow to Christmas trading overall.
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Kenzo Takada launches new luxury home and lifestyle brand K三

Kenzo Takada launches new luxury home and lifestyle brand K三

Designer Kenzo Takada will launch a new luxury home and lifestyle brand K三 (pronounced K3) at the Maison & Objet trade show in Paris, France, which begins on January 17.
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Lindex owner Stockmann expects higher profits as both brands improve

Lindex owner Stockmann expects higher profits as both brands improve

When retailers put the words ‘profit warning’ at the start of a press release these days, it’s always bad news. But in the case of Lindex owner Stockmann, it wasn’t. In fact, profits will be higher.
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MySale still loss-making but transformation strategy continues

MySale still loss-making but transformation strategy continues

MySale continued to face tough times in the past six months with a trading update for the period to December 31 showing lower sales and an underlying loss.
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Experiential retail economy to reach tipping point in 2025

Experiential retail economy to reach tipping point in 2025

Self-sufficient stores, in-store manufacturing, more space dedicated to experiences, and community activities: what does the next decade in retail look like according to Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield?
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Business rates: Frasers joins calls for change as Beales overpayment tops £1m

Business rates: Frasers joins calls for change as Beales overpayment tops £1m

The volume of calls from retailers for changes to the business rates system is growing as they say more stores will close, as Frasers demands change, and as Beales has been forced to overpay by £1m+.
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Merry Christmas for Very.co.uk as fashion and sports shine

Merry Christmas for Very.co.uk as fashion and sports shine

The newly-renamed Very Group reported buoyant Christmas sales for its star Very.co.uk brand on Wednesday with “strong peak trading driven by growth in fashion and sports”.
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John Lewis has another tough week, fashion down but new season is strong

John Lewis has another tough week, fashion down but new season is strong

John Lewis Partnership has been having a turbulent time of it lately, its previous status as an almost-unstoppable retail powerhouse having been seriously damaged by a string of poor sales and profits results. 
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Woolworth's Holdings CEO to exit, replaced by Levi's exec

Woolworth's Holdings CEO to exit, replaced by Levi's exec

Ongoing underperformance at its Australian operations has led to the exit from his group post of Woolworths Holdings’ CEO Ian Moir, the South African company replacing him with an executive from Levi Strauss.
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Anthropologie continues rollout of 'local' store concept

Anthropologie continues rollout of 'local' store concept

Retailer Anthropologie is continuing the rollout of its smaller, ‘local store’ concept with a third location under the local umbrella having opened. The new store is the second local shop to open in the UK.
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Beales boss slams councils as business rates bite

Beales boss slams councils as business rates bite

As Beales fights for survival, its CEO Tony Brown has slammed local councils for their unhelpful attitudes and heavy business rate bills.
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Shop Direct completes its rebrand, now known as The Very Group

Shop Direct completes its rebrand, now known as The Very Group

Shop Direct’s previously-announced plan to rebrand itself to the name of its most successful retail site has been put into operation as of Monday with the e-tail giant now known as The Very Group.
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Footfall down yet again last month as retail devastation continued

Footfall down yet again last month as retail devastation continued

UK footfall fell 2.5% in December, according to tracking specialist Springboard, the latest in a string of falls that has seen every year but one in the past decade enduring a December drop.
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Beales in last-ditch sale talks, could file for administration

Beales in last-ditch sale talks, could file for administration

Venerable department stores chain Beales has warned that it could be forced to file for administration if it doesn’t clinch a sale in the next few days, putting 1,000 jobs at its 22 stores at risk.
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Tough Q3 at M&S as AW19 starts well but Christmas was weaker

Tough Q3 at M&S as AW19 starts well but Christmas was weaker

Trading stayed challenging at M&S in Q3 with the retail giant reporting just a 0.2% like-for-like sales rise and a total UK sales fall of 0.6%. Yet while Clothing & Home was down, at least the rate of decline slowed.
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