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Mon, 14th November 2016
Rituals Cosmetics Boutique has opened in the Islington retail and leisure destination, Angel Central.
   
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Mon, 14th November 2016
The epic journey of a robin is the focus of the new Waitrose Christmas TV campaign, which aired for the first time last night during ITVs The X Factor Results.
   
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Sun, 13th November 2016
BHS buyer arrested, Amazon questionable bargains, Marks & Spencer supplier row, Retailers warned Black Friday frenzy, Hope for Big Four supermarkets, EasyJet profits fall, No January bargains, Crackdown on hire-purchase retailers, Abokado London expansion.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
OneViews Digital Store Platform to deliver exceptional customer engagement and further Omni-commerce enablement.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
New research has found that 41% of HR professionals are struggling to keep up with changes to employment law. Despite this, 62% believe that being prepared to handle legislation changes is their primary responsibility.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
New research has found that 41% of HR professionals are struggling to keep up with changes to employment law. Despite this, 62% believe that being prepared to handle legislation changes is their primary responsibility.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
Shop Direct, the owner of Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has begun using CUI technology for customer service by launching a fully-automated platform that allows customers to find answers for their questions in a WhatsApp-style chat environment.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
Smith & Sinclair, the creator of edible cocktails, has chosen the Bluewater shopping destination for the launch its first standalone pop-up store.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
Amazon UK has said it is gearing up for its biggest Black Friday deals event ever with the launch of 12 days of special offers Christmas shopping.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
The Clothes Show is to rebrand and move to Liverpool from next year.
   
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Fri, 11th November 2016
Signet owned jeweller H Samuel has opened two new outlet stores with Lifestyle Outlets shopping and leisure destinations, Lowry Outlet in Manchester and Gloucester Quays.
   
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Thu, 10th November 2016
Primark has opened its first store in Cornwall at Lemon Quay in Truro.
   
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Thu, 10th November 2016
John Lewis has launched its hotly anticipated 2016 Christmas advertising campaign on johnlewis.com, its social media channels and on Sky in an exclusive partnership.
   
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Thu, 10th November 2016
Supergroup, the owner of the Superdry brand, has seen it first half revenues climb by 31.1% to 334 million as it benefited from the weak pound. The impact of currency changes accounted for around one third of growth in each of its operating divisions.
   
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Thu, 10th November 2016
Car parts and cycling retailer Halfords has reported a drop in first half profits after its retail gross margin was impacted by the depreciation of sterling and costs relating to long-term growth and promotional activity.
   
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Thu, 10th November 2016
McColls has announced that Nisa is to supply its 298 convenience store portfolio which Mccolls recently acquired from the Co-operative Group.
   
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Thu, 10th November 2016
Denim brands Lee and Wrangler are to open their first UK outlet store at the London Designer Outlet.
   
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Wed, 9th November 2016
John Lewis saw its sales rise by 9.7% year-on-year last week as customers started to ramp up their Christmas shopping.
   
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Wed, 9th November 2016
Sainsburys saw its underlying pre-tax profit decline by 10.1% to 277 million in the 28 weeks 24 September as like-for-like sales fell by 1%.
   
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Wed, 9th November 2016
Burberry has reported that its adjusted profit before tax fell by 24% on an underlying basis to 146 million in the first half of its financial year.
   
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Wed, 23rd November 2016
Morrisons to pilot convenience offer in petrol stations and revive Safeway brand
Morrisons is to pilot a convenience food offer in ten petrol station shops owned and managed by forecourt operator, Rontec.

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Wed, 23rd November 2016
John Lewis sales down 2.6% last week
In the week before Black Friday, the John Lewis department store chain saw its sales decrease by 2.6% year-on-year.

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Wed, 23rd November 2016
Blackwell's appoints sales and marketing director
Bookseller Blackwells has appointed Dean Drew to the newly created role of sales and marketing director.

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Wed, 23rd November 2016
Insight: 93% of UK millennials lack trust in online retail
A new study has found that UK millennials are becoming increasingly concerned about sharing personal information with retailers, but their need for a convenient shopping experience still outweighs their security worries.

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Wed, 23rd November 2016
Sarah Beeny joins German direct selling brand Vorwerk to launch online store
Vorwerk, the German technology brand behind kitchen gadget the Thermomix, has enlisted TV property expert Sarah Beeny to promote the launch of its Kobold VK200 vacuum cleaner online.

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Wed, 23rd November 2016
New vision revealed for Hull's Humber Street
A new vision for Humber Street in Hulls Fruit Market has been revealed as part of an 80 million rejuvenation of the city centres waterside being led by Wykeland Group and Beal Homes in partnership with Hull City Council ahead of Hulls year as UK City of Culture in 2017.

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Tue, 22nd November 2016
Kingfisher Q3 sales uplift driven by UK and Poland
Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix, has seen its third quarter like-for-like sales climb by 5.8% in constancy currency in the UK and Ireland as it continues to implement its transformation plan.

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Tue, 22nd November 2016
AO makes good first half progress
Domestic appliance retailer AO World has grown its first half revenue by 22.9% to 324.7 million as it continues to grow sales in both the UK and Europe.

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Tue, 22nd November 2016
English Cut opens flagship Marylebone store
English Cut, the British tailoring brand, has chosen Londons Marylebone as the location for its first flagship store.

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Tue, 22nd November 2016
Delsey launches first online store
French luggage brand Delsey has opened its first online store. Initially launched in France, the store wil be rolled out across Europe next year.

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Tue, 22nd November 2016
Digital fashion start-up launches virtual styling app
A new styling and personal shopper app has been launched that matches users with a stylist who offers free advice on wardrobe choices.

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Mon, 21st November 2016
Uniqlo owner establishes denim innovation centre
Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has established a denim innovation centre for the research and development of denim fabric.

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Mon, 21st November 2016
Bonmarché posts drop in sales and profits
Womens fashion retailer Bonmarch has reported a drop in first half sales and profits after battling against a range of factors impacting its business.

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Mon, 21st November 2016
Waitrose to take lead role in managing research on food security and sustainability
Waitrose has become the first retailer to successfully apply to lead the delivery of a major investment in doctoral training by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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Mon, 21st November 2016
Capco appoints Situl Jobanputra as chief financial officer
Capital & Counties Properties, the owner of Londons Covent Garden Estate, has named Situl Jobanputra as its new chief financial officer. He will join the business on 17 January.

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Mon, 21st November 2016
VictoriaPlum.com wins trademark infringement case
Online bathroom products retailer VictoriaPlum.com has won a trademark infringement case in the High Court against competitor Victorian Plumbing.

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Sun, 20th November 2016
Sunday Retail News Roundup
BHSs bosses may face clawback, May retreat workers on boards, Crisis for Chappell another company on brink, Business rates shock, Post Office reforms, Jackpot! Online gambling bonanza, Black Friday overhyped, Industry bodies slam new business rates appeals, Blitz on betting machine stakes, Marstons push pays off, Shocking Pink Tuesday, Paralympians join top label.

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Fri, 18th November 2016
Jimmy Choo reports growth in revenue
Luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo has reported continued revenue growth in the second half of its financial year despite a difficult climate for the luxury sector.

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Fri, 18th November 2016
Tesco to hold its biggest ever Black Friday event
Tesco has said it is to hold its biggest ever Black Friday event this year by offering 11 days of deals and savings compared to four last year.

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Fri, 18th November 2016
Schuh to open dedicated kids' store at Bluewater
Footwear retailer Schuh is to open a dedicated Schuh Kids store at the Bluewater retail and leisure destination.

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