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Flannels and Frasers to debut in Republic of Ireland

Flannels and Frasers to debut in Republic of Ireland

​Frasers Group has unveiled ambitious plans for the Republic of Ireland with a Flannels opening in Dublin that will be its first Flannels location outside the UK.
Fashion
UK online fashion sales "good" in 2021 despite sector's worst ever growth rate

UK online fashion sales "good" in 2021 despite sector's worst ever growth rate

​Year-on-year comparisons across the pandemic landscape can make interesting reading. That’s why UK online retail in 2021 recorded its worst-ever year for growth, but still managed a “rather good” performance.
Fashion
Natalie Lee is YNAP's new Asia Pacific General Manager

Natalie Lee is YNAP's new Asia Pacific General Manager

Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) has named Natalie Lee as General Manager for the APAC region. She has extensive experience operating in APAC’s high-growth fashion and e-commerce sector and joins from Vestiaire Collective.
Luxury
Recovery continues at M&S as Christmas quarter's fashion sales rise

Recovery continues at M&S as Christmas quarter's fashion sales rise

​M&S’s powerful recovery story continued over the Christmas period with the UK retail giant saying Thursday that constant currency sales rose 18.6% year-on-year and 8.9% compared to two years ago.
Fashion
ASOS sales growth slows, but UK and US markets are strong

ASOS sales growth slows, but UK and US markets are strong

​ASOS faced “challenging market conditions” in the last four months of 2021 yet still managed to post revenue growth, it said on Thursday as it also announced plans to list its shares on London's Main Market.
Fashion
Meta-works: Online universe becomes lab for real-life products

Meta-works: Online universe becomes lab for real-life products

Online platforms that are precursors of the metaverse vision for the internet's future are already serving as workrooms to develop products destined for real-life sale.
Fashion
WHP Global to launch Anne Klein Bath & Body

WHP Global to launch Anne Klein Bath & Body

Brand management and acquisition firm WHP Global has signed a licensing agreement with A. P. Deauville to launch Anne Klein Bath & Body. 
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Bluewater owner Landsec makes key executive appointment

Bluewater owner Landsec makes key executive appointment

Big appointment for Landsec. The UK commercial property giant has hired Remco Simon to the newly-created role of managing director – Strategy and Capital Markets. Effective immediately, the will report to CEO Mark Allan.
Fashion
UK prestige beauty saw late Christmas surge says NPD

UK prestige beauty saw late Christmas surge says NPD

Demand for prestige beauty products in the UK continues to rocket and sales leapt 46% year-on-year in the last trading week to Christmas, The NPD Group’s latest figures show. Fragrance was the star gift performer.
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Very Group needs to raise its game to compete with Next - analyst

Very Group needs to raise its game to compete with Next - analyst

​Very Group may have had a good Christmas trading period but it needs to up its game to compete with a major rival, analysts said.
Fashion
Bain and CVC to link up on Boots bid - report

Bain and CVC to link up on Boots bid - report

Two of the world’s biggest private equity names are teaming up to bid for giant UK health & beauty retailer Boots. Bain Capital and CVC Capital have thrown their hats into the ring.
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Selfridges Birmingham branch stays closed after tragic incident

Selfridges Birmingham branch stays closed after tragic incident

​The Bullring, Birmingham branch of luxury department store Selfridges has stayed closed on Tuesday following an incident on Monday evening in which a man died. It’s due to reopen on Wednesday.
Luxury
Rituals Cosmetics gets B Corp certification

Rituals Cosmetics gets B Corp certification

​Talking a good game on all-things sustainable is one thing. Proving you can walk the walk is another. So fast-expanding luxury beauty brand Rituals Cosmetics has announced it is now a ‘Certified B Corporation’. 
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Yves Rocher appoints Jean-David Schwartz as managing director

Yves Rocher appoints Jean-David Schwartz as managing director

The Rocher group has recently appointed Jean-David Schwartz as managing director of its leading brand, Yves Rocher.
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Wilko to close 15 UK stores this year

Wilko to close 15 UK stores this year

​Wilko is to close 15 stores in 2022, it announced on Tuesday. The value-focused general merchandise retailer that also sells beauty products has reviewed its store estate as a result of a number of leases ending.
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December fashion spend rose, but less than hoped for say key retail reports

December fashion spend rose, but less than hoped for say key retail reports

​Consumer spending on essential items grew in December by as much as 13.7% on a two-year basis, but clothing saw slower growth and department stores also lagged compared to supermarkets and discounters.
Fashion