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UK inflation hits double digits, highest since 1982

UK inflation hits double digits, highest since 1982

British consumer price inflation jumped to 10.1% in July, its highest since February 1982, up from an annual rate of 9.4% in June, intensifying the squeeze on households, official figures showed on Wednesday.
Fashion
Boohoo makes "strategic investment" in Revolution Beauty

Boohoo makes "strategic investment" in Revolution Beauty

​Boohoo has been moving into beauty of late through its own retail brands and through buys such as Debenhams. But its latest move is a bit different. It’s made what it calls a “strategic investment” in a key pureplay.
Beauty
Walmart sees smaller profit drop as discounts draw shoppers, but clothing struggles

Walmart sees smaller profit drop as discounts draw shoppers, but clothing struggles

​Walmart nudged up its annual profit forecast on August 16, partly reversing a hefty recent cut, as discounts to clear excess merchandise and lower fuel prices helped it beat expectations for quarterly sales.
Fashion
ABG to buy Ted Baker for £211m, will restructure firm and target US growth

ABG to buy Ted Baker for £211m, will restructure firm and target US growth

​Ted Baker and Authentic Brands Group announced on August 16 that ABG will be buying the British fashion retailer for an agreed price of around £211m ($254m). It will mean a major push into North America for the label.
Fashion
Starboard slashes stake in Kohl's after seeking to buy it in January

Starboard slashes stake in Kohl's after seeking to buy it in January

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value, which had offered to buy Kohl's Corp for roughly $9bn early this year, slashed its stake in the department store by more than 80% in Q2, according to a regulatory filing.
Fashion
Tophsop founder and ex-Debenhams chief Halpern dies

Tophsop founder and ex-Debenhams chief Halpern dies

​British retail titan Sir Ralph Halpern has died at the age of 83. The executive, who launched the Topshop chain and once ran Debenhams, was one of the highest-profile retailers during the Thatcher era in the 1980s.
Fashion
Prada seeks $1 billion valuation in Milan listing - Bloomberg News

Prada seeks $1 billion valuation in Milan listing - Bloomberg News

Italian luxury group Prada SpA is considering seeking at least $1 billion from a second listing in Milan and is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc on early preparations, Bloomberg News reported on August 12.
Luxury
Primark creates customer chief role, names Michelle McEttrick to post

Primark creates customer chief role, names Michelle McEttrick to post

​Primark has named Michelle McEttrick to the new Chief Customer Officer role, “to develop the Primark brand and customer strategy as the business continues its expansion across new markets, channels and products”.
Fashion
Walmart's long-lasting challenge: luring budget shoppers back to its stores

Walmart's long-lasting challenge: luring budget shoppers back to its stores

Walmart Inc could face an uphill battle to reclaim U.S. shoppers who opted for the neighborhood dollar store or Aldi rather than driving farther to a Walmart Supercenter when gasoline was $5 a gallon.
Fashion
Supermarket retailer Ahold shelves plan to spin off Bol.com

Supermarket retailer Ahold shelves plan to spin off Bol.com

Supermarket major Ahold Delhaize said on Wednesday it was postponing plans for an IPO of its non-food retailer, Bol.com, because of unfavourable market conditions.The group had planned to list Bol.
Fashion
Capri Holdings and Ralph Lauren see strong Q1 demand, but profits are hit

Capri Holdings and Ralph Lauren see strong Q1 demand, but profits are hit

​Results on August 9 showed Ralph Lauren and Capri Holdings (owner of Michael Kors, Versace and Jimmy Choo) beating Q1 earnings estimates on buoyant demand for luxury as affluent shoppers shrugged off inflation.
Luxury
Fashion innovator Issey Miyake dies at 84

Fashion innovator Issey Miyake dies at 84

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, whose global career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 84 of cancer, it emerged on August 9.
Fashion
UK shoppers surprisingly ready to spend during heatwave, fashion stays strong

UK shoppers surprisingly ready to spend during heatwave, fashion stays strong

Hot weather drove Britons to buy summer fashion, as well as outdoor goods, in July. But they also reined-in spending on foreign travel and eating out as the cost-of-living squeeze made itself felt, two surveys show.
Fashion
Shopify merchant growth falters as weak consumer spending hits businesses

Shopify merchant growth falters as weak consumer spending hits businesses

​Businesses stung by rising costs and lower consumer spending are shying away from Shopify's platform, creating a roadblock in its plan to fix past missteps in overestimating e-commerce demand.
Fashion
Richemont recommends shareholders vote against board candidate Trapani

Richemont recommends shareholders vote against board candidate Trapani

Richemont has asked shareholders to reject a candidate from Bluebell Capital Partners as a representative of ordinary shareholders and vote against his election to the luxury group's board at its upcoming AGM.
Luxury
India's DLF mulls auction bid for New Delhi mall with base price of $366m - sources

India's DLF mulls auction bid for New Delhi mall with base price of $366m - sources

India's biggest real estate developer DLF is evaluating a bid for a prominent New Delhi shopping mall that has a starting auction price of $366 million, according to two sources and a public notice seen by Reuters.
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