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As Vow To Be Chic shutters, Zola raises $100M more

Rent the Runway swooped in on the news, offering the startup's customers 50% off bridal packages amid turmoil in the wedding apparel space.

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Mothercare’s financial covenant tests deferred

Mothercare’s lenders have agreed to defer the testing of its financial covenants as it continues to come to terms with its financial turmoil.






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Amazon eyes soon-to-be-vacant Toys R Us stores

Amazon is understood to be mulling an expansion into former Toys R Us sites across the US as the toy retailer begins its final wind down. According to Bloomberg , sources close to the situation said that Amazon has taken an interest in Toys R Us’ estate, which will soon be reduced to 885 vacant stores, allowing it to expand its physical presence quickly and cheaply. The ecommerce giant will reportedly use the new sites for its own purposes, not in an effort to rescue some of the bankrupt brand’s estate.






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Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation: Analysts weigh in

“While the news is a gut check to legacy retailers that are struggling to adapt to modern retail realities, this is not a development that comes as a surprise.”






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House of Fraser owner confirms plans to sell stake but it’s “business as usual”

The Chinese firm which has a majority ownership in House of Fraser has confirmed plans to offload most of its stake to another Chinese firm. Earlier today, a Chinese stock exchange filing indicated that Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store Co – or Nanjing Cenbest – was poised to sell off most of its holdings to tourism development company Wuji Wenhua. Nanjing Cenbest currently has an 89 per cent stake in House of Fraser, and is looking to sell off 51 per cent of it.






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Revealed: Retailers with the biggest gender pay gaps

Just under a year ago, the government passed legislation requiring any companies with over 250 staff to publish annual reports of their gender pay gaps publicly. Retail employs just under 3 million people in the UK, 60 per cent of whom are female.






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New West End predicts record sales over Chinese New Year

The New West End Company has predicted record sales over Chinese New Year this weekend thanks to an influx of Chinese tourists. Theresa May’s recent trip to China has reportedly made the UK even more appealing to Chinese tourists, who are already cashing in on favorable exchange rates and easy visa applications. Chinese tourists are predicted to spend £32 million in the Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street areas in the two weeks from Friday 16, marking a 14.3 per cent growth.






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Retail Gazette Loves: Snatch’s £1500 golden jar of Marmite

The treasure hunt app Snatch is offering users the chance to bag a £1500 18ct gold jar of Marmite in partnership with Unilever. Snatch is an augmented reality app in which users can win prizes donated by a raft of companies including Topshop, Pizza Hut, All Bar One and now Marmite






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Hands On with Kantar Consulting’s Perfect Category VR technology

  WHAT IS IT? Kantar Consulting’s new virtual reality experience is a tool which allows brands, suppliers and retailers to lay out an entire store within a virtual world. Within this virtual environment the entire store can be rearranged, down to position of items on the shelves






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“Surprise” boost in consumer confidence in January

Consumer confidence saw a surprise boost in January as “bullish Brits” took a more optimistic view of the economy despite slow Brexit progress. According to GfK consumer confidence rose four points from a four-year low in December to minus nine in January.






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