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Very Group consolidates retail teams

Very Group consolidates retail teams

​Four becomes two. The Very Group has created a new two-tier retail operations division, consolidating and simplifying its current four-division structure. The reshuffle means fashion director Emma Alexander is to leave.
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Experienced Capital Partners diversifies into the restaurant industry

Experienced Capital Partners diversifies into the restaurant industry

The French growth capital fund, which usually invests in the fashion and beauty sector, has led a €10 million investment, raised for the Nouvelle Garde breweries.
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H&M focuses on future growth as sales and profits soar

H&M focuses on future growth as sales and profits soar

​H&M had good news on Friday as it reported results to the end of November. It said it’s back to pre-pandemic levels and is fully focused on growth with ambitious plans to double its sales by the end of the decade.
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Farfetch buys Violet Grey ahead of deep dive into beauty later this year

Farfetch buys Violet Grey ahead of deep dive into beauty later this year

Luxe fashion e-tailer Farfetch has big beauty ambitions and is to launch the category on its marketplace this year. Ahead of that, it's buying Violet Grey, with the founder to play a key role in its wider beauty plans.
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Maison Kitsuné opens first location in Canada

Maison Kitsuné opens first location in Canada

Franco-Japanese outfit Maison Kitsuné has opened its first location in Canada this month, taking up residence in Vancouver. 
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As mask mandate ends in England, stores ask consumers to continue wearing them

As mask mandate ends in England, stores ask consumers to continue wearing them

​UK retail giants John Lewis and Tu Clothing owner Sainsbury’s are asking customers and staff in England to continue wearing face coverings in their stores, despite the government ending its Plan B measures in England.
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UK retail sales 'poor' in January, expect February weakness too - CBI

UK retail sales 'poor' in January, expect February weakness too - CBI

​January retail sales in the UK were deemed “poor” by retailers, with a net balance of -23% from -2% in December and dipping for the first time since September, according to the CBI’s latest Distributive Trades Survey. 
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Hammerson happy with improving mall trade, footfall recovering

Hammerson happy with improving mall trade, footfall recovering

​Trading continues to improve for Hammerson, the commercial property giant said Thursday. It now expects FY21 adjusted earnings to range £75 million-£80 million, ahead of the minimum of £60 million previously expected.
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Next creates 'department store' as it merges and expands Watford presence

Next creates 'department store' as it merges and expands Watford presence

​Next is to open a department store in all but name as it transforms its existing sites in the Atria centre in Watford and also adds a Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie brand for which it holds the UK licence.
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Klarna launches physical payment card in UK

Klarna launches physical payment card in UK

​Personal finance platform Klarna has launched its own payments card in the UK, “empowering consumers with greater control, transparency and choice over how they pay”, the company said Wednesday.
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Brexit costs UK business as much as Covid - report

Brexit costs UK business as much as Covid - report

​Which has been more costly to British businesses, Covid or Brexit? Both, according to ParcelHero. Its research reveals that the “self-inflicted wound” of Brexit has cost UK businesses as much as the Covid pandemic.
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TikTok is world's fastest growing brand says Brand Finance report

TikTok is world's fastest growing brand says Brand Finance report

​TikTok is the world’s fastest-growing brand, the new Brand Finance Global 500 2022 report reveals. A new entry to the list, it’s up 215% in a year, leading the global revolution in media consumption.
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Vilebrequin links with IMG for collabs, will expand into new categories

Vilebrequin links with IMG for collabs, will expand into new categories

​Luxe French swimwear label Vilebrequin has appointed IMG to “extend its brand globally through product and brand licensing partnerships, in a multi-year global deal”.
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Boohoo Group names JD Sports exec as new Debenhams CEO

Boohoo Group names JD Sports exec as new Debenhams CEO

Debenhams has a new CEO. The Boohoo Group-owned online department store retailer has lured JD Sports Fashion multichannel chief to its top post.
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Mango arrives on New York's Fifth Avenue

Mango arrives on New York's Fifth Avenue

The Spanish brand will open a new flagship store in New York’s iconic Fifth Avenue. The 2,100-square-foot store will be located in the exclusive Plaza District shopping area. 
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Penneys to upsize in Hammerson's Dundrum Town Centre mall

Penneys to upsize in Hammerson's Dundrum Town Centre mall

​Penneys, the Irish arm of the giant Primark retail chain, is to spend €14.8 million on moving and enhancing its Dublin flagship destination. The new Dundrum Town Centre store will give "an enhanced shopping experience”.
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