Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was expected to send retail spending soaring by £195 million, but, independent fashion and apparel stores suffered a 24% decline in sales on Saturday, according to new research.
Fruit of the Loom is moving its HQ ops out of the UK with 70 jobs to be lost as a result. The US-based company is relocating manufacturing to mainland Europe and to North Africa as it optimises its supply chain.
In another blow to the UK high street, Marks & Spencer has proposed more closures as part of its transformation strategy. Bayswater, Darlington, East Kilbride, Falkirk and Kettering will be amongst the towns affected.