Unilever had upbeat news on Thursday. Despite currency effects sending its turnover down overall, it released Q3 figures that showed underlying sales growth (USG) of 4.4%, and prestige beauty was buoyant.
The list of potential bidders for Debenhams has got smaller with news that deep-pocketed Reliance Retail has dropped out. It's also been suggested that the owner of its Oxford Street store wants to break the lease.
The American social networking giant has announced the launch of its Season of Support for small businesses, kicking off the initiative with the #BuyBlack Friday campaign supporting Black-owned businesses.
On Thursday, Swiss group Givaudan, the world's number one fragrance and aroma manufacturer, published sales data for the first nine months of the year. Exchange rate effects hampered growth, despite an improvement in Q3.
Next has taken a giant new step forward in its business development with its first two premium beauty halls. The new stores have opened in former Debenhams sites at Intu Watford and Intu Milton Keynes.
Vivienne Westwood reported 2019 results this week and while the figures pre-date the current crisis, it seems confident that it has the strength to continue, despite saying that Covid-19 had a “profound impact”.