Black Friday was of little help to the struggling UK high street. Brick and mortar stores have seen a 5.4 percent decline in footfall, according to retail software company Springboard. Shopping centres were the most hit, with a drop of 8.3 percent in attendance last Friday in comparison to the year […]

Leboncoin, a company which can be described as “the French eBay”, has announced the acquisition of second-hand fashion platform Videdressing. Founded in 2009 and present in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium, Videdressing receives an average of 3 million visitors a month. Details […]

Owner of Sports Direct Mike Ashley has threatened to close all 17 of his stores in Intu Properties' shopping centres, after the landlord refused to accept Ashley’s terms on four House of Fraser locations, The Sunday Times reported. If Ashley goes through with the threat, 17 stores - consisting of Sports […]

Following a spate of recent closures, it’s been confirmed that the House of Fraser (HoF) in Swindon will remain open, after Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley came to an agreement with the Swindon store’s landlord, FI Real Estate Management (FIREM). The news comes just a week after four more House of Fraser […]

Casual apparel brand Uniqlo is set to continue its European expansion by adding Italy to its retail portfolio in 2019. Fast Retailing, the Japanese company which owns the brand, has issued a statement revealing its plans to open the first Uniqlo shop in Italy next fall, to be located in Piazza Cordusio, […]

More than a third of shoppers avoided the queues and chaos on Black Friday, as smartphones took 33.5 percent of the 6.22 billion dollars that was spent in the United States. Sales soared 23 percent versus 2017 according to Adobe, which tracks millions of transactions across a range of retail sites. […]

The UK’s trade union GMB is staging protests across the UK against ‘inhumane working conditions’ in Amazon warehouses. Hundreds are expected to take part in the protests at Amazon warehouses in Rugeley, Swansea, Peterborough, Milton Keynes and Warrington. ‘Black Friday protests’ are also taking place […]

INTERVIEW Love it or hate it, it looks like Black Friday is here to stay, with the UK sales extravaganza now reaching almost every nook and cranny of both the online and physical retail world. But under the weekend’s attractive promise of just-in-time-for-Christmas discount prices, is the shopping bonanza […]

Marie Claire is venturing into e-commerce with the launch of a fashion aggregator with items curated by its editors. The platform, which aims to increase the publication’s revenue, is called “Marie Claire Edit” and features both high-street and couture labels. “What if we could tell you that you could […]

UK retailers are doing more and more to bridge the gap between their physical and online stores, new research from Hitachi Consulting reveals. In a study of UK retailers in the pre-Christmas period, click and collect and in-store wifi topped the list of most popular technologies, used by 77 percent […]

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