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Pottery Barn Kids bringing wholesale business to the UK

The banner this autumn is launching concessions at the largest department store in the region, building on a partnership with UK department store John Lewis that Williams Sonoma Inc. began in 2015.

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KFC reports gravy shortage, following chicken crisis

97 percent of the region's KFC restaurants are open, but are now experiencing gravy supply disruptions.






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Farfetch pens new deal for Middle East expansion

Farfetch has penned a new deal with one of the biggest distributors of fashion and luxury goods in the Middle East to help it increase its market share in the region. The joint venture with the Chalhoub Group, which partners with luxury brands who want to trade in the Middle East, will see it combine its expertise in retail, distribution and marketing of luxury retail across the region with Farfetch’s ecommerce, technology and logistics platform. The partnership will lead to the launch of an Arabic-language version of Farfetch’s platform in the first half of the year, a curation products for Middle Eastern consumers, and increase local supply by bringing Chalhoub’s network of retailers — including Level Shoes, Level Kids and Tryano — as well as other partner franchises to the Farfetch platform.






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Rituals opens first store outside London

Premium cosmetics and home brand Rituals has opened its first store outside of London at Birmingham’s Grand Central shopping centre. The decision to open the new 1620sq ft shop, which sells Rituals’ range of bath, body and home products, was based on Birmingham’s position as the UK’s second city and Grand Central’s reputation as one of the region’s leading retail destinations. The new store also offers a free mini meditation service and a “lifestyle” area where customers are treated to a complimentary hand and arm massages and pure tea.






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Retail Congress Asia Pacific

10-11 October 2017 The 7th annual Retail Congress Asia Pacific, the most influential gathering of retailers in the region, returns to Hong Kong for the first time since 2011. Engaging 300+ attendees, the theme for this year’s Congress is ‘Reshaping retail in Asia Pacific: Transform and prosper’. Welcoming 65+ speakers to discuss this in depth, the programme will provide actionable ideas and insights into this next most important phase of retail.






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After Harvey, Houston is open for business — sort of

Texas and the region were making progress as of Tuesday, USA Today reports.






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