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Blow to retail as business rates reform is delayed

Blow to retail as business rates reform is delayed

Hard-pressed fashion retailers awaiting government plans for a major shake-up in  business rates will have to wait. A call from 40 trade associations for the overhaul to be included in upcoming Budget have been dashed.
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Calvin Klein signs permanently at London Designer Outlet

Calvin Klein signs permanently at London Designer Outlet

​London Designer Outlet (LDO) is firing on all cylinders. The north London shopping centre has been given another major boost with news Calvin Klein is set to open a permanent store following the success of its pop-up. 
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Landsec rent collections continue to improve but retail lags offices

Landsec rent collections continue to improve but retail lags offices

​Positive news from retail landlord Landsec continues on the rent collection front. The commercial property giant said Friday that, as of 12 October, 85% of the £89 million net rent due on 29 September had been paid.
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UK e-tail warehouse space in short supply, prices rise

UK e-tail warehouse space in short supply, prices rise

​Problems with the UK supply chain continue to mount. This time it’s a shortage of warehousing space as the boom in online shopping forces retailers to open bigger distribution centres.
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Boots bounces back as parent company WBA reports strong results

Boots bounces back as parent company WBA reports strong results

​Multinational health and beauty retailer Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has reported Q4 results that “exceeded expectations, reflecting [a] strong operational performance”.
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Ted Baker heads new premium brands line-up at Highcross

Ted Baker heads new premium brands line-up at Highcross

​Ted Baker is the headline addition for Hammerson as the property giant welcomes four new brands to its Highcross flagship destination in Leicester this autumn.
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Bargain-focused Britons unsure if the high street is worth saving

Bargain-focused Britons unsure if the high street is worth saving

​Here’s some news the UK high street might not want to hear. Some 21% of Britons think physical retail isn’t worth saving, preferring to do most or all of their shopping online, a new study from Savoo claims.
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UK e-shoppers browsing but not buying, yet fashion is buoyant - report

UK e-shoppers browsing but not buying, yet fashion is buoyant - report

​UK shoppers are browsing online but not buying, the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index showed on Thursday. But at least they still seem to be focused on fashion with the category staying strong
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Gen X drive biggest shift in sustainable shopping - report

Gen X drive biggest shift in sustainable shopping - report

As over a third of Britons change their buying behaviour, it’s not Gen Z who are driving the biggest shift in shopping sustainably, but older shopping groups.
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Christmas stock worries mount as port turns away ships

Christmas stock worries mount as port turns away ships

The UK government is attempting to allay fears of Christmas product shortages after container ships were being turned away at a key UK port due to over-capacity.
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ALB buys Nottingham properties, aims for Carnaby Street-style development

ALB buys Nottingham properties, aims for Carnaby Street-style development

​A property firm is aiming to create “the Carnaby Street of Nottingham” after buying empty retail units in what was once a thriving part of the city centre.
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Hut Group defends performance as shares plummet by a third

Hut Group defends performance as shares plummet by a third

​A capital markets day is meant to boost a share price as the company concerned talks major investors through its strategy. But in the case of The Hut Group (THG) this week, it had the exact opposite effect.
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Expect stronger Black Friday footfall than final Christmas week, predicts Springboard

Expect stronger Black Friday footfall than final Christmas week, predicts Springboard

With supply chain issues to the fore, if you want to know what the footfall forecasts are for UK retail in the critical six-week period covering Black Friday, Christmas, and post-Christmas periods, read on.
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Omnichannel: retailers and shoppers have different expectations says Klarna

Omnichannel: retailers and shoppers have different expectations says Klarna

​Be warned. A hefty 60% of shoppers say that a poor experience on any retail channel will make them less likely to shop again with a brand, according to research from buy-now-pay-later financier Klarna.
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Swimwear was big, TV key fashion influencer in last year - John Lewis report

Swimwear was big, TV key fashion influencer in last year - John Lewis report

​The latest edition of John Lewis’s annual lifestyle report, Shop, Live, Look 2021, shows UK consumers adapting to lockdowns and more hours spent watching TV influenced fashion choices.
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UK retail sales growth weakened in September

UK retail sales growth weakened in September

Clothing spend rose last month but the UK retail sector remains on a knife-edge with consumer confidence weak and supply chain issues a big worry, the monthly Barclaycard and BRC reports showed on Tuesday.
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