Passengers’ appetite for convenience has increased total retail sales at Network Rail managed train stations by 2.3 percent over the festive period. Despite a difficult wider trading environment, where sales levels fell flat across the wider high-street retail sector in December, Network Rail’s figures […]

Marks and Spencer has introduced a new AI-powered ‘Style Finder’ tool to its website which allows shoppers to search for items in menswear and womenswear ranges using an image. M&S teamed up with visual AI startup Syte to create the new feature which allows shoppers to upload an existing photo or take […]

Outdoor apparel and footwear brand Columbia Sportswear has announced that it will be opening its flagship European store at Carnaby Street, London, in early 2019. The store will span 2,465 square feet over two floors, and will showcase a wide range of apparel, from innovative, technical outdoor gear, […]

It looks like 2019 could be another difficult year for UK retail, with more than 23,000 shops forecast to close, resulting in a further 175,000 job losses, according to an annual report from real estate adviser Altus Group. Published on Monday, the findings suggest that 2019 could be even worse than […]

Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green has called in advisers from Deloitte to launch a ‘radical review’ of Arcadia, as the fashion group risks losing 100 stores when their leases come to an end in late 2020, the Telegraph reported. Arcadia, which owns Topshop and has closed more than 200 of its stores since […]

New York-based Sweden Unlimited, the digital creative agency specializing in strategy, eCommerce and content for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands has announced the opening of their first creative studio outside of the U.S., in Notting Hill, an area renowned for its style, charm, and vibrancy, the […]

British childrenswear brand Wild & Gorgeous has fallen into administration after 12 years of trading. James Stares of JWS Business Recovery Limited was appointed administrator on 2 January 2019. The company will continue sales online whilst a buyer for the business and assets of the company is being […]

British footwear retailer Clarks has announced that it plans to close its advanced robot-assisted manufacturing factory in Street, Somerset, less than two years after it opened. The decision was made after the factory, named “Morelight”, failed to hit targets, with the 49 staff employed at the facility […]

Struggling British retailer New Look has announced that its Belgium arm is filing for insolvency. The decision to stop the operations of its six Belgium stores was made by the board of directors of New Look Belgium SA (NLB) following a review of its financial and trading positions. According to the […]

Consumer spending dropped by 1 percent in December 2018, with the run-up to Christmas hitting the sector particularly hard, new data shows. Visa’s UK Consumer Spending Index, compiled by IHS Markit, revealed that overall expenditure continued to decline at the end of last year - with December’s -1.0 […]

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