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Black Friday on autopilot

How high-volume brands are automating the holidays We asked major high-growth, high-volume retailers how they had wildly successful Black Friday sales last year. They took us behind-the-scenes to reveal their strategies.

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Retail sales blitz expectations in July sending sterling rallying

Retail sales in July trounced analysts’ expectations thanks to the hot weather and tail end of the World Cup. According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics, retail sales grew 0.7 per cent in July, well above expectations of a 0.2 per cent rise and a marked improvement on June’s 0.5 per cent decrease.






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House of Fraser website goes down

House of Fraser’s website has been taken offline amid an ongoing spat between its main warehouse and its new owners Sports Direct. Earlier today it was reported that employees at House of Fraser’s distribution centre in Wellingborough have been ordered to stop accepting goods and processing deliveries by the site operator XPO Logistics due to a dispute over delivery payment terms. This has now led to the department store’s website to be taken down, as many stores are suffering from product shortages.






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Inflation rises in July despite drop in clothing prices

Inflation rose throughout July for the first time since November last year summer holidays push up the price of transport costs. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Consumer Price Index rose 2.5 per cent last month, up from 2.4 per cent a month earlier.






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Amazon to be banned from using ‘next day delivery’ claim

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is set to rule that Amazon will be banned from claiming it can guarantee next day delivery for its Prime customers. According to The Times, the ASA believes Amazon’s “unlimited one-day delivery” claims are misleading, and Amazon will be told to remove it from its website and advertising. Instead, Amazon will be forced to make it clear that some items are not able to be delivered the next day.






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Boux Avenue launches activewear range

Theo Paphitis-owned Boux Avenue has announced the launch of its first activewear range, Boux Active. On sale from this morning, Boux Active mixes lifestyle and fashion-forward exercise apparel with the rising trend for loungewear






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Waitrose continues to boost John Lewis Partnership weekly sales

Waitrose has once again bolstered the overall weekly sales figures of the John Lewis Partnership, as the sunny spell prompted consumers to flock to the grocery store for picnic supplies. Weekly sales at the partnership grew 1.6 per cent year-on-year to £206.46 million, with Waitrose on its own clocking sales growth of 3.8 per cent compared to the same week last year.






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Barbour set to launch new brand Barbour Beacon

Barbour is set to launch a new brand dubbed Barbour Beacon as the heritage British retailer takes aim at a younger audience. According to Drapers, the new 40-piece menswear range set for this autumn, will be sold through its own direct-to-consumer website barbourbeacon.com, as well as through third party retailers including Selfridges, Topman and Barbour’s flagship store on Carnaby Street, London. READ MORE:  “Meghan effect” boosts Barbour profits It will include everything from £8 caps to £91 waxed jackets, including logo emblazoned t-shirts and polo shirts and even tracksuit bottoms






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Zalando misses analysts expectations while reducing full-year forecasts

Zalando has reduced its full-year sales and profits forecasts after the unprecedented run of hot weather and shift to mobile shopping hit demand.






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Sainsbury’s crowned UK’s greenest supermarket

Sainsbury’s has been crowned the UK’s greenest supermarket, producing the lowest emissions some 12 times better than the worst offenders. According to new research from Engaged Tracking, Sainsbury’s emits the lowest number of greenhouse gases (GHG) out of the UK’s largest grocers, followed closely by its larger rival Tesco. Iceland came last, producing an intensity of emmisons 34 per cent higher than the average supermarket, while discounters Aldi and Lidl made up the next two bottom spots






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