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Microsoft to plant retail flag in London

Marianne Wilson Microsoft will open its third flagship location, which will also be the company's first retail store in London.

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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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Microsoft’s window into the UK: tech giant confirms store debut at Oxford Circus

Microsoft has announced plans to open its first-ever store in the UK at London’s Oxford Circus. According to Retail Week , the tech giant saw saw a window of opportunity and signed a lease for the site formerly occupied by Benetton at 255-259 Regent Street. The announcement brings an end to Microsoft’s search for a UK flagship, which has been drawn out for a number of years following a batch of successful store openings in the US.






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£8m to be pumped into Angel Central refurbishment

Angel Central shopping centre in London’s north has announced an £8 million refurbishment scheme. The investment will see the construction of a new link bridge, new restaurants and new flooring and lighting at the shopping centre. Property firm CBRE Global Investors, the driving force behind the refurbishment scheme, has also acquired 19 Upper Street for £4.5 million to create a new entrance into Angel Central






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Does technology help or hinder new retailers?

In 2015 the number of new independent shops on the high street grew at the lowest level on record — but this should be taken with a grain of salt. Succeeding as an independent retailer may indeed be a difficult thing to do, but technology can help pave the way for success.






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Nike introduces “Flyleather” made from 50% recycled leather

Nike has announced a new “super” material made from 50 per cent recycled leather in an effort to reduce wastage during manufacturing.






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Can LFW reinvigorate the UK fashion industry?

“British fashion is of huge importance to our country, contributing £28 billion to the UK economy and supporting nearly 900,000 jobs,” Prime Minister Theresa May assured her guests at 10 Downing Street.






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Kate Spade to open 1600sq ft store in Bluewater Shopping Centre

Kate Spade has announced plans to open its first standalone UK store outside of London in Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre. This Christmas the luxury accessories brand will open a 1600sq ft store in the centre’s lower Guildhall, replacing former tenant Aspinal of London which has relocated to another unit in Bluewater. The new store will mark the US retailer’s fifth in the UK and was designed by Househam Henderson.






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Hill & Friends to open first physical store amid skyrocketing sales

Luxury handbag retailer Hill & Friends is set to open its first standalone store on London’s South Molton Street amid swift expansion. According to Business of Fashion, the 1750sq ft space will house the brand’s showroom and design team and seeks to showcase “crazy visual merchandising”, expanding and consolidating its brand identity. READ MORE : Kate Spade to open 1600sq ft store in Bluewater Shopping Centre The brand is currently stocked in 35 locations across the globe, including in London’s Selfridges






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H&M growth remains flat in 3rd quarter

Fast fashion retailer H&M saw sales rise across its third quarter as “aggressive discounting” helped drive positive figures. In the period from June 1 to August 31, H&M saw group sales including VAT rise five per cent year-on-year to £5.53 billion.






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