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Fenwick gets new chair as digital savvy Simon Calver steps in

Fenwick gets new chair as digital savvy Simon Calver steps in

​Fenwick has a new non-executive chairman. Simon Calver has been appointed to help steer the family-owned UK department store chain through a series of sweeping changes, specifically its e-tail operations.
Fashion
Hermès buoyant in Q1 as Asia, US and online soar

Hermès buoyant in Q1 as Asia, US and online soar

​Hermès had a good first quarter as all of its business lines returned to growth and the company said it saw "a remarkable increase" in ready-to-wear and accessories, as well as watches and other categories. 
Luxury
London Designer Outlet says shoppers "flock back"

London Designer Outlet says shoppers "flock back"

Numbers for the reopening of non-essential retail in England continue to look good. The latest come from the London Designer Outlet (LDO) where sales jumped 148% compared to June 2020’s reopening.
Fashion
Seven Dials aims to attract more visitors with live music

Seven Dials aims to attract more visitors with live music

​As retailers and their landlords pull out all the stops in order to attract as many shoppers as possible back into their stores, landlord Shaftesbury has relaunched an initiative in the Seven Dials area.
Fashion
Renovation work starts on John Lewis's Peter Jones store

Renovation work starts on John Lewis's Peter Jones store

​John Lewis Partnership may be closing some of its department stores, but it's also investing in its flagship properties and it's about to start renovating the facade of its Peter Jones store in London’s Chelsea.
Fashion
M&S boosts logistics, starts work on new Bradford warehouse expansion

M&S boosts logistics, starts work on new Bradford warehouse expansion

Marks & Spencer is upping its online game. The UK retail giant has begun work on extending its Bradford DC distribution centre to become a second online warehouse for M&S.com. 
Fashion
Hammerson happy with England reopening, rent collection hits 40%, hires new CFO

Hammerson happy with England reopening, rent collection hits 40%, hires new CFO

With the retail lights back on in England, UK property giant Hammerson said Tuesday initial footfall since the 12 April reopening has been “encouraging” and “competitive with pre-pandemic levels”.
Fashion
Primark has tough first half but sees record sales after reopening

Primark has tough first half but sees record sales after reopening

​Primark was a big problem for its owner Associated British Foods in the first half as the enforced closure of many stores drove down revenues and profits.
Fashion
London's Marble Arch Hill to open by June 21

London's Marble Arch Hill to open by June 21

The much-talked-about project by Westminster City Council, the Marble Arch Hill climbable instillation at the end of London’s Oxford Street, will open in June.
Lifestyle
Lenzing launches Tencel e-shop, first such platform run by a fibre maker

Lenzing launches Tencel e-shop, first such platform run by a fibre maker

The company called it a milestone and said it helps drive a “paradigm shift toward eco-responsible production and eco-conscious consumption of fashion and home textile items".
Fashion
West End bounce-back starts, Saturday gets closer to pre-pandemic norm

West End bounce-back starts, Saturday gets closer to pre-pandemic norm

​Reopening week seems to have been a good one for retailers in England and Wales, and especially for the hard hit West End of London, even though international tourists are still absent.
Fashion
Hammerson cuts store rents by 30% as it continues retailer support

Hammerson cuts store rents by 30% as it continues retailer support

Hammerson is to slash rents for its retail tenants by around 30% as UK stores reopen post-Lockdown 3. UK & Ireland MD Mark Bourgeois said that “typically, we're resetting our rents to more affordable levels”.
Fashion
Studio Retail sales soar, ends sale process

Studio Retail sales soar, ends sale process

​Studio Retail is no longer for sale. The company has received plenty of interest in the business, but said its recent strong trading suggests that it can create greater value for shareholders as a pureplay retailer.
Fashion
N Ireland rejoins rest of UK retail with 30 April non-essential stores reopening

N Ireland rejoins rest of UK retail with 30 April non-essential stores reopening

Northern Ireland will be allowed to catch up with the rest of the UK when non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality will reopen from 30 April. First Minister Arlene Foster told the NI Assembly it was a "landmark day”.
Fashion
No Chaos and Scum open experiential flagships in Covent Garden

No Chaos and Scum open experiential flagships in Covent Garden

Indie skate brand No Chaos and cult brand Scum have both chosen the area for their new stores with a combined 2,0000 square foot space across two floors.
Fashion
The Hut Group revenues soar but one-off costs mean it's loss-making

The Hut Group revenues soar but one-off costs mean it's loss-making

​The Hut Group (THG) swung to an operating loss in its 2020 financial year as one-off items drove it into the red. However, the company’s revenues surged during the period as all divisions outperformed.
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