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Primark has big plans for Ireland, makes flagship return to Country Carlow site

Primark has big plans for Ireland, makes flagship return to Country Carlow site

​Primark has big plans for its Republic of Ireland operation, earmarking €250 million (£212.7 million) of capital investment there over the next 10 years. 
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Omicron variant to boost online festive sales says ParcelHero

Omicron variant to boost online festive sales says ParcelHero

​UK consumer concerns over the new Omicron coronavirus variant will mean there will be another £35 billion+ online spend this Christmas, predicts ParcelHero.
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Textiles group Swiscot expands into fashion with SS20 launch

Textiles group Swiscot expands into fashion with SS20 launch

​Manchester-based textiles supplier Swiscot Group is expanding into fashion, launching its own clothing and accessories lines for SS22. The firm has begun supplying clients with white label and private label products. 
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Paris hotel race: Bulgari debuts Thursday, to take on Cheval Blanc

Paris hotel race: Bulgari debuts Thursday, to take on Cheval Blanc

One thing Paris would not appear to need is another hotel. Yet LVMH launched two five-stars this fall. We met Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin to talk about the latest, Bulgari Hotel, and the race to be Paris' best inn.
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Thailand's Central denies Selfridges buy after report says it won £4bn race for firm

Thailand's Central denies Selfridges buy after report says it won £4bn race for firm

Thailand’s Central Group has denied it’s in talks to buy Selfridges after it was reported globally that the firm will buy the business, perhaps as soon as this month.
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Malls and retail parks were Black Friday winners - Ipsos

Malls and retail parks were Black Friday winners - Ipsos

​Ease and buying in comfort played into the hands of shopping centres and retail parks when it came to Black Friday’s week-long shopping event, with both making the most of the cold weather.
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Britons to spend £8.4bn with indies for Xmas, fashion is key

Britons to spend £8.4bn with indies for Xmas, fashion is key

​UK shoppers plan to spend £8.4 billion on buying Christmas gifts from independent retailers, some £2 billion more that a year ago, new research from Direct Line business insurance shows. That's 28% of their budget.
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A first for Asda as it charters ship to ensure stock reaches stores

A first for Asda as it charters ship to ensure stock reaches stores

As concerns mount over supplies, UK supermarket giant Asda is following in John Lewis Partnership’s wake by chartering its own cargo ship to ensure shelves remain stocked with key festive products.
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Shaftesbury on speedy road to recovery as business bounce quickens in H2

Shaftesbury on speedy road to recovery as business bounce quickens in H2

​How’s this for a positive trading statement opening: “Confidence, footfall, trading recovering; rebound in occupier demand driving vacancy down towards pre-pandemic levels; valuation recovery in second half”.
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Raft of fashion retailers bring last Christmas delivery dates forward

Raft of fashion retailers bring last Christmas delivery dates forward

UK consumers planning to shop last-minute for Christmas beware. A host of major fashion retailers have brought forward their final online order dates, according to ParcelHero.
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Buy now pay later numbers leap in UK

Buy now pay later numbers leap in UK

​Around 15 million people in the UK are using buy now, pay later (BNPL) credit, a rise of 23% year-on-year, a new study has shown.
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Inditex founder's daughter to become chairwoman, new CEO named

Inditex founder's daughter to become chairwoman, new CEO named

​Spanish fashion retail giant Inditex said Tuesday Marta Ortega, the daughter of its founder, will take over as chairwoman in April with a new CEO, as a last step of a generational handover started a decade ago.
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​Early Christmas shoppers boost Black Friday UK store traffic - report

​Early Christmas shoppers boost Black Friday UK store traffic - report

A good week-on-week gain, but still well below pre-pandemic numbers. That was Black Friday (26 November) shopper traffic numbers across the UK. Footfall was 35% higher week-on-week, but still down 23% on two years ago.
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West End footfall numbers struggle, still heavily down on pre-pandemic comparisons - NWEC

West End footfall numbers struggle, still heavily down on pre-pandemic comparisons - NWEC

London West End footfall in the seven shopping days from 22-28 November inched up 2% week-on-week, and rose 11% over last year's Black Friday, latest figures from the New West End Company (NWEC) showed on Monday.
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Hammerson confirms Silverburn £140m sale talks

Hammerson confirms Silverburn £140m sale talks

​Retail landlord Hammerson confirmed on Monday that it’s in talks to sell the major Silverburn shopping mall in Glasgow with a potential price of £140 million.
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New variant fears mean compulsory face masks are back for English stores

New variant fears mean compulsory face masks are back for English stores

The UK has announced new measures to try to slow the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant and the country’s top health official said vaccines could be less effective against it.
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