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Sephora to expand U.S. retail footprint with over 260 stores

Sephora to expand U.S. retail footprint with over 260 stores

Sephora announced on Thursday its largest store expansion in the retailer’s 21-year history, cementing its confidence in the future of brick-and-mortar in the U.S.
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UK sees surge in new e-tail businesses during pandemic

UK sees surge in new e-tail businesses during pandemic

It wasn’t all about lost jobs and failing businesses last year. A new study reveals 835,494 new businesses were registered in the 12 months to January 2021, with the online retail sector the main beneficiary. 
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Positive face of e-tail: eBay to spend millions on creating UK jobs

Positive face of e-tail: eBay to spend millions on creating UK jobs

E-tail took another socially positive step forward Thursday to improve its somewhat tarnished image with eBay announcing it’s planning to invest millions of pounds in creating jobs and opportunities in the UK.
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Welcome back! Shaftesbury promises London shoppers excitement post-lockdown

Welcome back! Shaftesbury promises London shoppers excitement post-lockdown

Shopper can expect an “animated, interesting and welcoming” return when retail restrictions are lifted next month. That’s the upbeat promise from London retail property giant Shaftesbury Thursday. 
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Latest lockdowns make £1.1bn dent in Primark sales

Latest lockdowns make £1.1bn dent in Primark sales

Primark will have lost around £1.1 billion worth of sales due to lockdowns and other restrictions in the 27 weeks up to the end of this month, the value retailer said on Thursday.
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Estée Lauder's Becca brand to shut down

Estée Lauder's Becca brand to shut down

The cosmetics brand cited "an accumulation of challenges, together with the global impact of Covid-19" upon announcing its decision to close at the end of September 2021.
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Happy April 12: retail reopening to see footfall leap - Springboard

Happy April 12: retail reopening to see footfall leap - Springboard

Prepare for the footfall surge. With the 12 April date set for the long-awaited reopening of non-essential retail in England, UK stores can expected a 47.9% week-on-week leap in footfall, according to Springboard data.
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Consumers seek physical-digital shopping mix, embrace social commerce - report

Consumers seek physical-digital shopping mix, embrace social commerce - report

Consumers have shifted to e-shopping in the past year, but when stores reopen, they'll be glad to get back to physical shopping. Yet digital habits are ingrained for consumers globally and social commerce is on the rise.
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UK shoppers demand end to beauty's plastic waste problem - report

UK shoppers demand end to beauty's plastic waste problem - report

The need for beauty companies to get to grips with the problem of plastic packaging is urgent, not just for the planet, but for their own balance sheet health, a new study shows.
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John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

​John Lewis’s buying director of fashion is set to stand down after many years at the firm. But it seems the move isn't linked to the retailer’s general restructuring. Christine Kasoulis will leave to focus on her MBA. 
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Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Increasingly under-fire e-commerce retailers are making a stand. ASOS, Boohoo, The Hut Group, Ocado, AO World and Gymshark have launched The UK Digital Business Association (UKDBA).
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Australia's Ultraceuticals launches in the U.S.

Australia's Ultraceuticals launches in the U.S.

Australian-based Ultraceuticals Skincare is bringing its award-winning, cosmeceutical skincare brand to the United States. 
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Estee Lauder to pay $1 billion for controlling stake in Deciem

Estee Lauder to pay $1 billion for controlling stake in Deciem

Cosmetics maker Estee Lauder Cos Inc said on Tuesday it had offered about $1 billion to take control of Deciem Beauty Group Inc, the parent company of The Ordinary skincare brand.
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'Shoppertainment' is key trend for European e-commerce says new study

'Shoppertainment' is key trend for European e-commerce says new study

​European consumers are embracing ‘shoppertainment’, a new study of of more than 14,000 of them shows. And live-streaming commerce is a key part of this.
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Frasers announces £100m+ lockdown-linked impairment charge

Frasers announces £100m+ lockdown-linked impairment charge

​There’s speculation that there could be more store closures ahead for Frasers Group as the giant retail operation has announced a major impairment charge against its stores as a result of lockdowns.
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​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

As the UK prime minister laid out his cautious ‘one-way road to freedom’ strategy to get the English economy reopened by May, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned the plan could be too late for many businesses.
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