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Harrods opens revamped hair and beauty salon

Harrods opens revamped hair and beauty salon

​Harrods opened its new Hair & Beauty Salon on Monday after a makeover for the location. The 16,985 sq ft space has new “game-changing” features and “must-have” products from “the world’s most innovative beauty brands”.
Beauty
UK footfall up in heatwave, but shoppers cautious as Covid cases grow

UK footfall up in heatwave, but shoppers cautious as Covid cases grow

​Footfall across the UK rose 3.3% last week (compared to the previous seven days) with a “staggering” 16.5% uplift on Freedom Day last Monday, although from Tuesday onwards the rise was only 1.7%.
Fashion
NWEC says West End footfall on encouraging path

NWEC says West End footfall on encouraging path

​Visitors have been returning to the West End of London in large numbers in the past week since so-called Freedom Day last Monday when just about all lockdown restrictions were eased in England.
Fashion
Selfridges is up for sale, offers over £4bn sought

Selfridges is up for sale, offers over £4bn sought

Selfridges is for sale with a formal auction process about to start. It hasn’t been announced by its owners, the Westons, but a news report said Credit Suisse will be canvassing prospective buyers “imminently”.
Luxury
UK consumer confidence remains buoyant

UK consumer confidence remains buoyant

UK consumer confidence finally edged ahead of its March 2020 pre-lockdown score in July, with shoppers in a spending frame of mind. It was still negative (at -7), but it's held firm or improved for six months in a row.
Fashion
Sephora confirms Feelunique buy, no purchase price disclosed

Sephora confirms Feelunique buy, no purchase price disclosed

​LVMH’s premium beauty operation Sephora has confirmed the widely expected acquisition of Feelunique. It has signed a deal with Palamon Capital Partners and other shareholders to take over the UK-based beauty e-tailer.
Beauty
Stockmann cautiously upbeat as Q2 performance accelerates

Stockmann cautiously upbeat as Q2 performance accelerates

​Finnish retail giant Stockmann's Q2 and half-year results showed a dramatic improvement all round. Revenue rose over 20% in the last three months, while the gross margin and adjusted operating profits jumped too.
Fashion
War Paint for Men opens on Carnaby Street

War Paint for Men opens on Carnaby Street

​Carnaby Street is continuing to see a raft of interesting store openings and the latest is make-up brand War Paint for Men. It has opened at 29 Carnaby Street in a 499 sq ft space.
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New UK brow brand Refy secures Sephora North America deal

New UK brow brand Refy secures Sephora North America deal

UK beauty brand Refy has secured a major deal with Sephora in the US and Canada, just six months after launch. The brand's first brow collection range debuted online and in 320 Sephora stores in North America this month.
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Fears for Morrisons as lead bidder will look at property assets

Fears for Morrisons as lead bidder will look at property assets

​Concerns have emerged that Morrisons may face heavy costs after it's been taken over by private equity. The lead bidder will conduct a review of the property portfolio, raising the spectre of sale/leaseback deals.
Fashion
Ted Baker on the move to new HQ as commercial rents plummet

Ted Baker on the move to new HQ as commercial rents plummet

In a surprise move, Ted Baker said on Friday that it’s moving to a new London HQ. It will resettle in Fitzrovia, with the new home costing much less than the existing head office it has operated from for 20+ years.  
Fashion
Immaculate Vegan secures new funding to drive growth in key markets

Immaculate Vegan secures new funding to drive growth in key markets

High-end online fashion and beauty retailer Immaculate Vegan has secured £400,000 in funding on the back of impressive revenue gains. The new capital will help it drive future growth in its key target markets.
Fashion
New Touchwood shopping centre owner has big UK plans

New Touchwood shopping centre owner has big UK plans

New owner. Big plans. Acquisition-hungry The Ardent Companies has completed the takeover of Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull, West Midlands, from Lendlease Retail Partnership, for an undisclosed sum.
Fashion
High street boost: 17k new local stores could open in 12 months - report

High street boost: 17k new local stores could open in 12 months - report

In a major boost to UK physical retail that has been devastated by widespread closures during the pandemic, we could expect 17,000 local high street stores to open in the next 12 months, according to new research.
Fashion
Unilever's beauty ops make progress in first half, Q2 growth accelerates

Unilever's beauty ops make progress in first half, Q2 growth accelerates

​FMCG giant Unilever had a “strong” first half, it said on Thursday with underlying sales growth of 5.4% (4% by volume and 1.3% price) while price growth stepped up in Q2.
Beauty
Surging commodity costs put Unilever margins in spotlight

Surging commodity costs put Unilever margins in spotlight

Unilever's first-half results should give a sign of how it is coping with rising commodity and transport costs - whether it has managed to lift prices without hitting sales volumes, or whether margins are being squeezed.
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