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​Boots appoints Markey to head new marketing initiatives

​Boots appoints Markey to head new marketing initiatives

Health and beauty retailer Boots has appointed Pete Markey chief marketing officer for its UK and Ireland operations, effective February. He replaces Helen Normoyle, who has left the retailer.
Beauty
King’s Cross retailers launch pre-Christmas 'United We Shop' campaign

King’s Cross retailers launch pre-Christmas 'United We Shop' campaign

Over 30 retail brands from across the London’s King’s Cross and Coal Drops Yard retail destination have launched a combined ‘United We Shop’ campaign, supporting the area’s extensively redeveloped shopping streets.
Fashion
Hammerson names Grégoire Peureux to new COO role

Hammerson names Grégoire Peureux to new COO role

Retail property giant Hammerson has created a new senior role with Grégoire Peureux joining it as Chief Operating Officer. He will “focus on the delivery of strategic initiatives at a group level”.
Fashion
Arcadia close to administration filing - report

Arcadia close to administration filing - report

​Giant fashion group Arcadia is reported to be on the verge of collapse with suggestions that it could go into administration as early as next week. This would put 13,000 jobs at risk. 
Fashion
UK early Black Friday shopping down in double-digits

UK early Black Friday shopping down in double-digits

Barclaycard said on Friday morning that the volume of sales transactions from midnight to 9am were down 13.2%. The company’s figures are particularly useful because it actually almost £1 in every £3 spent in the UK.
Fashion
Harvey Nichols owner Dickson Concepts in profit, despite tough H1

Harvey Nichols owner Dickson Concepts in profit, despite tough H1

​The six months to the end of September may have been a devastating time for retailers, but Dickson Concepts managed to turn a profit in the first half of its financial year, despite lower sales.
Luxury
Beauty blow: campaign calls for end to polluting plastic sample sachets

Beauty blow: campaign calls for end to polluting plastic sample sachets

What has long been a core and vital marketing and sales tool for the beauty industry is under threat: product sampling in plastic sachets.
Beauty
​Debt-free MySale says annual sales slide

​Debt-free MySale says annual sales slide

Profitable and debt-free are two elements to any results statement worth opening with in Covid-crushed times like these. So it’s little wonder Australia-based e-tailer MySale Group was in an upbeat mood Thursday. 
Fashion
Liberty using store staff to energise digital offer

Liberty using store staff to energise digital offer

​With its flagship department closed for now, Liberty London is aiming to make the best of the festive shopping season by putting its store staff in front of online shoppers.
Fashion
Alexander McQueen introduces seamless omnichannel strategy

Alexander McQueen introduces seamless omnichannel strategy

​Alexander McQueen has embarked on a new omnichannel strategy having spent the last two years (and especially the last few months) preparing its stores for the new seamless physical-to-digital world.
Luxury
Self-gifting to grow this Christmas, fashion and beauty strong - survey

Self-gifting to grow this Christmas, fashion and beauty strong - survey

Looking after number-one. After a tough 2020, almost a quarter of UK adults plan to treat themselves to a gift this Christmas, with fashion and beauty high on the list of self-gifting.
Fashion
Harvey Nichols confirms plan to reopen Dundrum Dublin store

Harvey Nichols confirms plan to reopen Dundrum Dublin store

Luxury retailer Harvey Nichols has confirmed its commitment to its Dundrum Town Centre store in Dublin saying that the location will definitely reopen once the current Irish lockdown ends.
Luxury
UK Christmas spending to dip only 0.4% - Mintel report

UK Christmas spending to dip only 0.4% - Mintel report

​There may be a lot of talk about the Christmas shopping season in 2020 being something of a write-off for many retailers, but a new report suggests that overall spending will fall only marginally. 
Fashion
Up to 60 Debenhams stores could close even with JD Sports rescue deal

Up to 60 Debenhams stores could close even with JD Sports rescue deal

​Analysts believe that up to 60 Debenhams stores could still close next year despite JD Sports reportedly being in exclusive talks to acquire the entire business.
Fashion
Reiss adds War Paint for Men products to webstore

Reiss adds War Paint for Men products to webstore

​More and more retailers and brands are seeking ways to boost their sales in this difficult year and beyond and brand link-ups are a way forward. The latest is between male make-up brand War Paint For Men and Reiss.
Beauty
Parcels group urges Black Friday rethink as 2020 'could repeat 2014's problems'

Parcels group urges Black Friday rethink as 2020 'could repeat 2014's problems'

It’s an accident waiting to happen. Add the UK’s national lockdowns to the upcoming Black Friday trading extravaganza and you have a recipe for disaster “creating an £8.29 billion monster”, according to ParcelHero.
Fashion