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UK commercial eviction ban to be extended again

UK commercial eviction ban to be extended again

​Struggling retailers can breathe a sigh of relief. The UK has extended the ban on commercial evictions until March 2022. That means the moratorium for business tenants won't now expire at the end of this month.
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Westfield owner names Puechoultres new chief customer officer

Westfield owner names Puechoultres new chief customer officer

Global mall giant Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) wants to become a more customer-focused organisation. So the Wesfield owner has appointed Caroline Puechoultres as its new chief customer officer, effective immediately. 
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Oxford Circus to 'rival Times Square' in transformation drive

Oxford Circus to 'rival Times Square' in transformation drive

An ambitious plan to transform Oxford Circus into pedestrian-friendly piazzas has been announced with an international design competition kicking off to decide just how the key shopping area will look for decades ahead.
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LVMH inks game-changing tech deal with Google Cloud

LVMH inks game-changing tech deal with Google Cloud

​LVMH announced on Wednesday that it has entered a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to “accelerate innovation and develop new cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions”.
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Debenhams could return as physical retailer - but with one small store

Debenhams could return as physical retailer - but with one small store

Debenhams may have closed all of its stores, but a new one could open under the Debenhams name. Now owned by Boohoo, the Debenhams brand is the subject of talks regarding the opening of one small shop outside of London.
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Chanel endures tough 2020 but recovery is on track

Chanel endures tough 2020 but recovery is on track

Chanel expects to be riding high again this year after a tough 2020, with sales forecast to rise in double-digits. That’s according to the company’s CFO on Tuesday after it released its pandemic-hit 2020 figures. 
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Shiseido launches its perfumes on Tmall

Shiseido launches its perfumes on Tmall

Shiseido, impacted by the pandemic in 2020, is launching three of its perfume brands on Chinese online platform Tmall with the aim of attracting young consumers who are increasingly interested in the world of fragrance.
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H&M Group sales rise in Q2, but pandemic restrictions are still an issue

H&M Group sales rise in Q2, but pandemic restrictions are still an issue

​H&M Group’s net sales rose as much as 75% in local currencies during Q2 (the March to May period), although given the strengthening Swedish Krona, its revenues translated into ‘only’ a 62% rise on a total basis.
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Boohoo sales surge in Q1, but some markets are challenged

Boohoo sales surge in Q1, but some markets are challenged

Boohoo’s trading update on Tuesday showed that the pureplay e-tailer continued to prosper in Q1, even after UK physical stores reopened in April, although there were challenges in some markets and margins were squeezed.
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Unilever to acquire Paula's Choice skincare

Unilever to acquire Paula's Choice skincare

Global home products giant Unilever announced on Monday an agreement to acquire digital-led skincare brand Paula’s Choice from TA Associates.
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Dior and cosmetics lead French luxury market since start of pandemic

Dior and cosmetics lead French luxury market since start of pandemic

French shoppers have favoured Dior, Chanel and Saint Laurent since the end of May 2020, according to a YouGov study, and have opted more for fragrances and cosmetics than for fashion categories.
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​UK weekly footfall suffers as shopper numbers dip

​UK weekly footfall suffers as shopper numbers dip

Footfall across all UK retail destinations couldn’t maintain some impressive gains made at the start of the month, falling 6.7% week-on-week in the seven days spanning 6-12 June, latest Springboard data shows. 
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Ted Baker hit hard by lockdowns but is now "in a much stronger place"

Ted Baker hit hard by lockdowns but is now "in a much stronger place"

​Ted Baker’s twice-delayed full-year results looked grim on Monday as the fashion retailer announced a 44%+ drop in revenue and a pre-tax loss that widened by almost 39%. But its CEO was upbeat about its prospects.
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Cosmetics group Pierre Fabre looks to boost transparency with Green Impact Index

Cosmetics group Pierre Fabre looks to boost transparency with Green Impact Index

The Pierre Fabre Group, which is behind brands like Avène and Klorane, has unveiled its Green Impact Index, a tool destined to provide users with information on the environmental and societal impact of its cosmetics.
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Fear factors prevent UK shoppers from buying online from EU, says study

Fear factors prevent UK shoppers from buying online from EU, says study

Fakes, delays, customs and foreign languages. These are the biggest fears preventing UK e-commerce consumers making cross-border purchases from the EU, according to a new report commissioned by Weglot.
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John Lewis improves employee support programme, extending parental leave

John Lewis improves employee support programme, extending parental leave

John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest employee-owned retailer, has improved its support package for working families and young people leaving the care system.
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