J.C. Penney’s CEO Marvin Ellison is leaving the struggling retailer to join home improvement chain Lowe’s Cos Inc, the companies said on Tuesday, sending shares in the U.S. department store chain down 4 percent.
In shock news, Tesco said it is to close its Tesco Direct non-food webstore, which sells clothing, homewares, furniture, electricals, toys, health & beauty and more, after conducting a review of the lossmaking business.
In another blow to the UK high street, Marks & Spencer has proposed more closures as part of its transformation strategy. Bayswater, Darlington, East Kilbride, Falkirk and Kettering will be amongst the towns affected.
It wasn't a great seven days for John Lewis with the week up to and including May 19 seeing its parent company's sales dipping 0.3% to £202.73 million, but the department store chain’s sales falling by as much as 6.3%.
Fashion lifestyle brand Joules said Tuesday that its non-executive Chairman Neil McCausland will step down on July 31 after more than five years on the board to be replaced by the current CEO of furniture chain DFS.