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BHS.com sales surge 43%

The online-only revival of collapsed department store chain BHS has gone from strength to strength after it recorded a surge in sales in its final quarter. The retailer, now known as BHS.com and owned by the Al Mana Group of Qatar, said total sales increased 43 per cent in the last three months of last year, which covered the Christmas trading period

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BHS.com sales surge 43%

The online-only revival of collapsed department store chain BHS has gone from strength to strength after it recorded a surge in sales in its final quarter. The retailer, now known as BHS.com and owned by the Al Mana Group of Qatar, said total sales increased 43 per cent in the last three months of last year, which covered the Christmas trading period






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Jigsaw posts 7% uplift in Christmas salews

Jigsaw has reported a strong increase in Christmas sales, praising its trading performance amid a high 2016 comparable.






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Confidence slips, but not by much

What goes up, must come down – at least most of the time.






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December consumer confidence drops to lowest levels for 2017

Consumer confidence in December has fallen to the lowest level for 2017, capping what has been a “slipping and sliding year” dominated by Brexit uncertainty and inflation. According to the long-running GfK Consumer Confidence Index, overall UK consumer confidence dropped by one point to a score of -13 this month – a significant year-on-year drop from the -7 recorded in December 2016. Not only is it the the third consecutive month that consumer confidence has fallen, it also comes at a crucial time for retailers hoping to benefit from the peak Christmas shopping season






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Debenhams announces new fashion & home director

Debenhams has hired Steven Cook to fill the role of fashion and home managing director. Starting in early January, Cook will make the move to the department store chain after six years as chief merchant for Canadian department store Holt Renfrew, which is owned by Selfridges. At Debenhams, he be responsbile for the buying, design and merchandising divisions for its fashion and home departments






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Game’s Multiplay founder Craig Fletcher resigns

The founder of Game’s Multiplay division Craig Fletcher is set to leave the video games retailer at the end of the year after announcing his resignation. Fletcher joined the retailer back in 2015 when Multiplay, which he founded in 1997, was acquired for £20 million. Fletcher remained the boss at Multiplay until 2016, when he was promoted to a role as Game’s senior vice president for esports and competitive gaming strategy






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Big Interview: Claudia Roggenkamp, VP eCommerce Europe, Levi’s

The number of mainstream fashion brands created before 1900 still around today can be counted on one hand. Hermes, the luxury handbag maker was founded in 1837, followed by Louis Vuitton in 1854 and its French stablemate Lanvin. Then, of course, there’s Levi’s.






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Tesco faces legal threat over “fake farm” names

Tesco is facing legal threats for stealing the name of a genuine farm to use on the packaging of their own-brand meat products. The news comes as food charity Feedback urges Aldi, Asda, Lidl and Tesco to stop using controversial “fake farm” branding on own-brand meat products, saying it misleads shoppers.






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Tesco faces legal threat over “fake farm” names

Tesco is facing legal threats for stealing the name of a genuine farm to use on the packaging of their own-brand meat products. The news comes as food charity Feedback urges Aldi, Asda, Lidl and Tesco to stop using controversial “fake farm” branding on own-brand meat products, saying it misleads shoppers.






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