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Knowledge is power, or so they say!  The People Pod have compiled some of the latest UK retail, FMCG industry and company news, to save you the hassle of sifting through the business pages...
 
   
 
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Fri, 28th October 2016
New figures have shown that consumer confidence has declined this month despite consumers saying they are not afraid to spend.
   
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Fri, 28th October 2016
BHS has unveiled its first clothing range following its relaunch as an online only retailer in September.
   
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Fri, 28th October 2016
Lingerie and swimwear specialist Bravissimo has opened a new store on Liverpool ONEs Peters Lane.
   
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Fri, 28th October 2016
Lingerie and swimwear specialist Bravissimo has opened a new store on Liverpool ONE’s Peter’s Lane.
   
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Fri, 28th October 2016
Conviviality, the owner of the Bargain Booze and Wine Rack brands, has entered into a supply agreement with delivered wholesaler, Palmer and Harvey McLane.
   
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Fri, 28th October 2016
Bag maker KNOMO is expanding into the US after securing £3 million investment through private equity firm Rockpool and signing deals with Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Anthropologie.
   
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Thu, 27th October 2016
Lifestyle clothing brand Joules has appointed Paul Burden as head of licensing.
   
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Thu, 27th October 2016
New figures have shown that vacancy rates continued to decline post-Brexit with all retail property types reporting an increase in occupancy in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same period last year.
   
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Thu, 27th October 2016
Beast, a new male beauty retailer, is to launch its debut store at London's Seven Dials.
   
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Thu, 27th October 2016
Fashion brand Missguided is launching a new refer-a-friend programme this week.
   
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Thu, 27th October 2016
Smartech is to expand its consumer tech retail hub with the opening of a new store in Selfridges in Manchester’s Trafford Centre.
   
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Thu, 27th October 2016
Retail industry gears up for increase in shoplifting over festive period.
   
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Thu, 27th October 2016
Digital employee engagement firm Perkbox has secured £2.5 million backing from Draper Esprit which has invested on the equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs.
   
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Wed, 26th October 2016
The John Lewis Partnership has announced that its commercial director, Paula Nickolds, will succeed Andy Street as managing director.
   
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Wed, 26th October 2016
A new report has revealed that 2,656 shops closed on the UK's high streets in the first six months of 2016 to mark a rate of 15 stores a day.
   
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Wed, 26th October 2016
John Lewis has reported a strong performance across all three of its categories last week, with sales up 6.7% year-on-year.
   
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Wed, 26th October 2016
Hudson's Bay Company, the owner of the Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue Canadian and American department store chains, has appointed Ed Burstell to the newly created role of head of partnerships.
   
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Wed, 26th October 2016
Hudson's Bay Company, the owner of the Hudson�s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue department store chains, has appointed Ed Burstell to the newly created role of head of partnerships.
   
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Wed, 26th October 2016
Sense, the national disability charity, has chosen Blackpool for the opening of its 100th retail outlet.
   
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Tue, 25th October 2016
Carpetright has said its full year profit expectations remain unchanged after reporting that UK like-for-like sales declined by 2.9% in the 25 weeks to 22 October.
   
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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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