First the good news. UK retail sales grew at the sharpest pace since December 2014 in the year to August and orders growth hit a survey record high, according to the latest CBI quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.
A new retail addition has arrived at London’s Seven Dials. Property giant Shaftesbury has leased space within the popular destination to anatomē, the wellness apothecary, which has opened on Monmouth Street until January.
Farfetch unveiled its new service on Wednesday — Pre-Order. It will offer early access throughout the season for all Farfetch customers to tap into the newest products, rather than being just a VIP service.
Engaging concepts to entice shoppers are just as essential at the top end of the market and until International tourists return in numbers, stores are having to be extra creative to attract those extra shoppers.
Boots is upping its delivery credentials. The UK health & beauty retail giant has signed with Deliveroo and its takeaway app to offer around 400 store items for home delivery in pilot programme in 11 city centres.
Freedom Day and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions actually boosted online fashion order volumes rather than cutting them, data from personalisation platform True Fit shows. Fashion checkouts rose 12% on-year in July.
Footfall in Central and Greater London continued to outpace the rest of the UK in the latest week, says Springboard. Total footfall across the country’s retail destinations fell 1.7% in the 15-21 September period.
Women’s fashion retailer Jigsaw has relocated its King’s Road, London, store. The new 2,150 square feet space offers an “intimate shopping destination… with an inviting frontage with an open view into the store".