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Edinburgh’s Jenners building sold to mystery investor

The ownership of the Jenners department store building in Edinburgh has changed, with a private European investor believed to have snapped it up.

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Retail workers among the unhappiest in the UK

Retail workers are reportedly among the least happy in the UK in terms of pay, according to a new survey by jobs site Adzuna. The survey of 1000 workers revealed that teachers and retail workers were least happy with their pay, and two out of five believed they were paid less than their colleagues. Conversely the happiest members of staff were those in human resources, consultancy and construction.






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Government says business rates appeal system “working well” despite 90% dissatisfaction

The government believes the new business rates appeal system is “working well” despite a string of retailers complaining of difficulty registering their property. Local business minister Marcus Jones said in a letter seen by The Daily Telegraph that early indications of the online appeals system showed it working well.






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Matchesfashion creates 200 jobs at new distribution centre

Fashion retailer Matchesfashion is ramping up its online operations by opening a new distribution centre in west London. The new facility situated near Heathrow Airport is set to open in 2018 and will create 200 jobs for the surrounding area. Hailed as a “significant evolution” in the retailer’s operation the new hub reportedly has potential to grow to more then 500,000sq ft and handle more than 4 million shipments by 2020.






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Homebase home delivery grinds to a halt as new owners revamp website

Homebase’s home delivery service has temporarily been put on pause as new owners Bunnings works to move the business to a new web platform. Bunnings said Homebase’s home delivery service would be unavailable for “the next week or two” as part of a transitional period. READ MORE: Bunnings UK hit by losses in maiden year Wesfarmers, the Australian conglomerate that owns Bunnings, acquired Homebase last year as part of an attempt to enter the UK’s DIY retail market






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Retail Gazette Loves: The Poundland Appreciation Society

The UK is home to a raft of bizarre appreciation societies. Who knew, for instance, that Brits had such a penchant for roundabouts?






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2/3 millennials would rather pay by self-service

More than half of young Britons say they would be happy to pay for goods via machine instead of a person, according to a new survey. A new study from Worldpay has revealed that two thirds of 21 to 34-year olds say they would happily make a payment without any human interaction






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Arket confirms second London store opening date

Swedish fashion retailer Arket has confirmed that tomorrow will be the official opening date of its second London store, less than a month after it made its UK debut. The second store for the fashion retailer, which is a new concept from Stockholm-based H&M Group, will be located in Covent Garden at 27-29 Long Acre.






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Fat Face makes four internal senior promotions

Fat Face has promoted four of its senior staff to director level as part of an ongoing investment drive to improve its products and ecommerce divisions.






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Calvin Klein to make bricks-and-mortar debut in Wales

US fashion brand Calvin Klein is poised to launch its first and only standalone store in Wales at St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff. The 715sq ft new Calvin Klein Underwear store, slated to open during autumn, will stock the label’s iconic ranges of underwear and swimwear for both men and women






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