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Christmas trading: Can we really learn anything this year?

“Pattern recognition… is the fundamental capability of the human brain. We can’t think fast enough to logically analyse situations quickly, so we rely on our powers of pattern recognition.” Ray Kurzweil, author, inventor and director of engineering at Google, believes that the human brain is built on from a hierarchy of pattern recognisers that are responsible for most aspects of human thought

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Amazon unveils top 20 cities for HQ2

Let the jockeying begin: Amazon will make a final decision this year after a deeper dive into each city's potential.






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12 retail execs share their goals for 2018

There are takeaways and tips aplenty from NRF's Big Show this week. Here, retail leaders share their thoughts and priorities for the year to come.






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Maplin losses widen after “transformational” year

A “transformational and challenging year” for Maplin has seen its pre-tax losses widen despite an increase in sales. According to accounts recently filed at Companies House, Maplin recorded a pre-tax loss of £3.9 million for the year ending March 31, 2017, up from £2.1 million in the year prior.






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John Lewis Partnership warns on profit margin despite sales rise over Christmas

Sales at the parent company of John Lewis and Waitrose grew over Christmas, but it warned profits will take a hit as it tries to remain competitive. The John Lewis Partnership said sales were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year to £1.96 billion in the six week period ending December 30, which included both Christmas and Black Friday trading periods.






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Shoe Zone sales continue decline in 2017

Shoe Zone has reported a drop in revenues in its preliminary full-year results as it continues efforts to turn its fortunes around following disastrous results last June. In the 52 weeks to September, revenues slipped 1.2 per cent to £157.8 million, while pre-tax profits dropped 8.4 per cent to 9.5 million






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Highest deflation for 9 months in December

December gifted shoppers with the fastest rate of deflation in nine months, following months of shop prices “teetering on the edge of inflation”.






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Topshop/Topman poised for bricks-and-mortar debut in China

Topshop/Topman is reportedly going to open its first Chinese bricks-and-mortar store in Shanghai during autumn this year. According to the Fashion Network , the British fashion retailer’s first store in China will span approximately 36,600sq ft and will be located on Huaihai Middle Road. READ MORE:  Topshop appoints Anthony Cuthbertson as design director Work on the new flagship had already begun, and it is slated open in September.






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Here are the stores Macy’s is closing next

Macy's is closing nearly a dozen stores early this year.






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7 trends that will disrupt and define retail in 2018

From renewed investment in brick and mortar to a growing appetite for acquisitions, here's what to expect in the year ahead. 






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