Matchesfashion’s owner Apax partners has agreed a £60m funding package for the luxury retailer as it continues to work on its turnaround. The new package comprises £40m of equity and £20m of additional debt.
UK retail vacancy rates improved in the final quarter of 2022 to 13.8%. But before you get too excited, it was only better by 0.1% on Q3 and 0.6 percentage points better than the same period last year.
What did Friday’s CBI survey report show for January? Lower sales volumes as retail got off to a slow start despite the clearance sales. They're expected to decline again next month too, “but at a slightly slower pace”.
Global events company Hyve Group has appointment Julie Harris as a non-executive director, effective 2 February. She will take on the role of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee Chair.
Lark London is embarking on its first retail venture outside the UK’s capital (but not too far out). The independent lifestyle boutique brand is to open at the Victoria Place shopping centre in Woking, Surrey, in March.
Pepco’s budget chain Poundland is continuing to invest heavily in its stores this year with the creation of hundreds of new jobs and opening/relocation plans that will also see expansion for the Pep&Co clothing line.
ASOS is doubling down on its efforts to kickstart its recovery and has reportedly appointed a senior restructuring executive to its finance department, as it continues to talk to its syndicate of lenders.
Returns season is upon us, and it’s going to be a particularly busy period, especially for the fashion and beauty sectors, a survey says. Gifts worth £232 million will be returned in the UK, a poll of 2,000 people shows,
Following an increasingly tough 2022 for UK retail, footfall this year won’t return to pre-pandemic levels and the gap from 2019 and will settle at between -5% and -10%, according to retail experts Springboard.