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Burberry sales falter in Gobbetti’s first quarter as CEO

Burberry’s Christmas sales failed to meet expectations with comparable sales dipping year-on-year, dealing a blow to new chief executive Marco Gobbetti in his first reported quarter.

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Zalando posts sales uptick after “challenging” October

Zalando has said it would push ahead with its strategy to increase market share this year after its preliminary fourth-quarter report indicated sales growth and operating profit in line with analyst expectations. The online fashion retailer said preliminary sales figures for the quarter rose between 21.2 per cent and 23.2 per cent to €1.32 billion (£1.17 billion) to €1.34 billion (£1.18 billion), despite a “challenging” October. READ MORE: Zalando announces ambitious partnership expansion plans It said adjusted EBIT is expected to come in between €107 million (£95 million) and €120 million (£106 million) for the same period, up from €95.6 million (£85 million) in 2016






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Hugo Boss enjoys better than expected final quarter

Upmarket fashion retailer Hugo Boss has “achieved goals for 2017” following strong sales in its final quarter, as it pushes on with its turnaround strategy. Sales for the final quarter grew by five per cent to €735 million (£652 million), lifting its full year sales by three per cent to €2.7 billion (£2.4 billion), according to preliminary results released yesterday.






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Pep&Co to double UK presence with new Poundland deal

Poundland has revealed plans to roll out over 150 store-in-stores with budget fashion chain and Steinhoff stablemate Pep&Co. Over the 12 months from February 1, Pep&Co fashion outlets will open in Poundland stores across the UK, bringing the total to over 300.






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Seasalt Christmas sales surge 52%

Fashion and lifestyle retailer Seasalt has had a record year for Christmas trading, recording a 52 per cent year-on-year increase in overall sales. For its five week period leading up to January 6 strong sales growth was recorded both online and in-store, with 72 per cent online year-on-year growth, and store sales up by 40 per cent year-on-year. Seasalt’s trading in the Christmas period was not limited to the UK, with international sales up by 77 per cent.






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PrettyLittleThing enters sponsorship deal with E! TV

PrettyLittleThing has launched a new partnership with pop culture channel E! Entertainment Television in an effort to drive the companies’ “matching values and association with celebrity fashion”. The year-long partnership will see PrettyLittleThing sponsor the channel’s biggest shows, including Wags LA in the UK, Keeping up with the Kardashians in all territories, and Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian in France. We're hyped to announce that we are official sponsors of @e_entertainment Catch our babein' new Sweet Life campaign ad between all your fave shows pic.twitter.com/9hTwn39njd — PrettyLittleThing (@OfficialPLT) January 15, 2018 PrettyLittleThing currently sponsors Life of Kylie in Australia on the entertainment channel, and the deal will build on this relationship, incorporating both the brands social media networks to engage its fans.






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JD Sports lifts profit forecast on back of strong Christmas

JD Sports has raised its annual profit forecast for the second time in four months after a strong second half, which included an “encouraging” Christmas trading period. The sportswear retailer said it now expects group profit before tax for the year to February 3 to reach £300 million, ahead of analyst expectations of £270 million to £295 million and last year’s figure of £238.4 million – itself an 81 per cent year-on-year increase. READ MORE: JD Sports posts more record results In September, the retailer had said it expected pre-tax profit to hit the top end of market expectations from £268 million to £290 million






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Online sales drives Dunelm’s Christmas quarter

Dunelm has reported like-for-like sales growth in its second quarter, which included the Christmas trading period, driven by a surge in online revenues despite margin pressures. In a trading update for the 13 weeks to December 30, the furniture retailer said total second quarter like-for-like sales increased 3.4 per cent to £255 million, boosted by a 30.5 per cent jump in online sales to £26.2 million.






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What should you do if you’ve been sexually harassed at work?

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men.” Oprah Winfrey’s recent Golden Globe speech has drawn acclaim from around the world and has solidified the issue of sexual misconduct permanently in the public’s consciousness. What started as an exposé of how Harvey Weinstein’s power could protect him from countless acts of harassment within Hollywood has evolved into a global effort – including a social media campaign known as #MeToo – to eradicate and lay bare an issue which has been persistent for decades.






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What should you do if you’ve been sexually harassed at work?

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men.” Oprah Winfrey’s recent Golden Globe speech has drawn acclaim from around the world and has solidified the issue of sexual misconduct permanently in the public’s consciousness. What started as an exposé of how Harvey Weinstein’s power could protect him from countless acts of harassment within Hollywood has evolved into a global effort – including a social media campaign known as #MeToo – to eradicate and lay bare an issue which has been persistent for decades.






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