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Facebook's Kustomer deal may hurt competition, EU regulators say

Facebook's Kustomer deal may hurt competition, EU regulators say

Facebook's acquisition of U.S. customer service startup Kustomer may hurt competition and boost its market power in online ads, EU antitrust regulators warned Monday as they opened a major investigation into the deal.
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German retail sales jump for second month in a row

German retail sales jump for second month in a row

German retail sales increased much more than expected in June following an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, supporting a consumer-driven recovery in Europe's largest economy.
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Square to buy Afterpay for $29bn as buy now, pay later booms

Square to buy Afterpay for $29bn as buy now, pay later booms

Square, the payments firm of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, on Monday said it has agreed to purchase buy now, pay later (BNPL) pioneer Afterpay, offering a 30% premium in a giant share-swap deal
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Private equity firm CD&R prepares Morrisons counter-bid - report

Private equity firm CD&R prepares Morrisons counter-bid - report

Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) is poised to start a bidding war for British supermarket chain Morrisons, the target of a £6.3 billion ($8.8 billion) offer from a group led by another U.S. firm.
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Jake Gyllenhaal is the Prada fragrance new campaign star

Jake Gyllenhaal is the Prada fragrance new campaign star

Academy Award and Tony nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal has landed himself a new role, as the face of Prada’s new men's fragrance. 
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Ariana Grande launches first-ever clean fragrance

Ariana Grande launches first-ever clean fragrance

Multi-platinum artist Ariana Grande has launched her first-ever clean fragrance called 'God Is A Woman', created in partnership with Luxe Brands. 
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P&G beats quarterly sales estimates, warns of cost pressures

P&G beats quarterly sales estimates, warns of cost pressures

Procter & Gamble Co reported fourth-quarter sales on Friday that beat analysts' estimates, but warned that rising commodity and freight costs would take a $1.9 billion bite out of its earnings this year.
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Retail decline: one in seven UK stores are vacant says new report

Retail decline: one in seven UK stores are vacant says new report

Just how tough UK retail’s pandemic mauling has been — especially for fashion — came into stark focus on July 30. More than one in seven stores are now vacant on UK high streets, retail parks and in shopping centres.
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Klarna launches support package for small businesses

Klarna launches support package for small businesses

Global payments and and shopping services provider Klarna has launched a £3 million Small Business Support Package to help British small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) recover from the pandemic.
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Northern Ireland to pay people to shop in September

Northern Ireland to pay people to shop in September

The latest initiative to get shoppers spending sees adults in Northern Ireland being given shopping vouchers as part of a £145 million investment to attract people back to high streets.
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Hermès bounces back as H1 beats both 2020 and 2019

Hermès bounces back as H1 beats both 2020 and 2019

​Hermès became the latest luxury group to announce a rebound on Friday as the upscale leather goods and fashion maker saw its sales soaring during Q2 and the first half as a whole.
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Fenty to expand into fragrance

Fenty to expand into fragrance

Rihanna’s Fenty brand is diving into a new category with the launch of its first fragrance, set to drop on August 10 at Fentybeauty.com.
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Pinterest beats quarterly revenue estimates as ad spending booms

Pinterest beats quarterly revenue estimates as ad spending booms

Pinterest Inc on Thursday reported second-quarter revenue above Wall Street estimates, as ad spending by online retailers picked up with the economy bouncing back from pandemic lows.
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Sally Beauty sales rise 45% in third quarter

Sally Beauty sales rise 45% in third quarter

The Denton, Texas-based professional hair and beauty supply company reported total Q3 sales of $1.02 billion on Thursday, an increase of 45.0% compared to $705.3 million in the prior-year period.
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L'Oreal boosted by sales of make-up and perfumes as lockdowns ease

L'Oreal boosted by sales of make-up and perfumes as lockdowns ease

Maybelline owner L'Oreal on Thursday said sales growth had accelerated in the second quarter partly due to resurging make-up sales in the United States as Covid-19 lockdowns ease.
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Consumers seek eco transparency from brands, less greenwashing

Consumers seek eco transparency from brands, less greenwashing

​Consumers want more transparency from brands around eco practices with nearly a third of them thinking not enough is being done, while almost a quarter think there’s too much ‘greenwashing’ simply to improve sales.
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