The Virginia based “computer science educator, father of four, social liberal, atheist, and not a retail store” John Lewis has become a much-loved Twitter celebrity. Dealing with thousands of misplaced tweets aimed at the British retail giant, his humorous responses have earned him over 35,000 followers.
Department store chain Debenhams has hired Sara Bradley to be its new womenswear director. Bradley, who started with the retailer this week, joins from BHS International where she most recently held the position of consultant brand director. READ MORE: Debenhams profits dive 44% The announcement comes as high street stalwart continues on the path of a turnaround strategy that includes a shake-up of its senior team and a review its in-house fashion brands
Physical entertainment has overtaken digital as the UK’s format of choice driven by growing popularity with 18-24-year olds. According to Ebay’s Guide to Physical Media, 76 per cent of British adults have purchased one item of physical media over the last 12 months. A further 83 per cent of shoppers between the ages 18 and 24 have bought a book, CD, DVD or video game in the last year, thanks to an increasing desire to disconnect from digital devices.
Footfall decreased to its lowest rate since the Brexit referendum in October mirroring “the month’s paltry sales performance.” According to new data from Springboard and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) footfall fell two per cent, coming well below the three-month average decline of 1.4 per cent, and nudging the post referendum 2.3 per cent slump. The East of was the only region to see any footfall growth over the period rising one per cent and marking the eleventh quarter of consecutive growth. High street footfall in the East Midlands dropped 1.5 per cent, slowing from the 2.8 per cent decline seen a month prior, while the East and Wales were the only areas to experience high street growth up 1.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively.
Canada Goose has flown into London to open its first European flagship store. The 5000sq ft shop on 244 Regent Street features Canadian design elements, including marble quarried in British Columbia, and offers an assortment of seasonal collections and exclusive collaborations. A selection of vintage pieces from the company’s 60-year archive will also be on display and rotate seasonally
October saw retailers suffer the worst sales in a decade as fresh data underscores the perfect storm facing the high street. According to the BDO High Street Sales Tracker, like-for-like sales fell to -5.2 per cent in October from 0.7 per cent, marking the sharpest decline on record
Joe Browns has opened its first ever physical store in Sheffield, within the city’s Meadowhall shopping centre. The 4000sq ft store, was first announced in June and came about after the online and mail order fashion retailer reported a rise of more than 30 per cent in direct sales during its most recent fiscal year.
Earlier this week on a cold and drizzly evening in central London, crowds of shoppers looked on in anticipation as a host of celebrities turned on Oxford Street’s Christmas lights. The annual countdown on London’s busiest high street acts as a symbolic starting gun for retail’s most important season. An eight-week frenzy of crowds, festive decorations, sales and in-store events.
Fifty-five per cent of Chinese online shoppers purchase goods from the UK as goods are perceived to be “of premium quality”. Ahead of Alibaba’s Singles’ Day event this Saturday, which last year achieved $17.8 billion of sales in 24 hours, Royal Mail have released research suggesting the UK is in prime position to cash in on the event
A heritage fashion brand in which David Beckham owns a major stake has opened a brand new flagship store in Covent Garden, London. Kent & Curwen new store on 12 Floral Street is the British label’s first concept store since Beckham drafted John Galliano and Alexander McQueen alumnus Daniel Kearns as its new creative director