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UK shoppers focus on ethical shopping, despite cost-of-living crisis

UK shoppers focus on ethical shopping, despite cost-of-living crisis

Concerns that eco purchases will suffer in the cost-of-living crisis could be overplayed, research suggests. Shopping with a conscience is “so important” to 65% of consumers who think about sustainability before buying.
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Uk household spending power drops by £44 a week - report

Uk household spending power drops by £44 a week - report

With UK inflation rising and costs spiralling, consumer spending power continues to decline. Household disposable income fell by a record £44 a week in June, the eighth consecutive month of decline, a report shows.
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Too late for some: thousands of businesses fail awaiting business rates rebates

Too late for some: thousands of businesses fail awaiting business rates rebates

​Retailers are among thousands of UK businesses that have been forced to close down while awaiting rebates for property taxes, according to new data.
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British e-commerce firm THG ends agreement with SoftBank

British e-commerce firm THG ends agreement with SoftBank

​There’s been speculation for some time and it’s finally been confirmed — e-tail giant THG has ended its deal with Japan’s Softbank and the latter’s massive investment in THG’s Ingenuity arm won’t now go ahead.
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Unilever's first half is strong for prestige beauty

Unilever's first half is strong for prestige beauty

​Unilever’s first-half report on Tuesday showed rising sales, with inflation a big factor in that as the company was largely able to pass on price rises to consumers.
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Very Group names new marketing chief

Very Group names new marketing chief

​The Very Group has appointed a new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with Jessica Myers set to join the very.co.uk and Littlewoods owner on 3 October.
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As fashion prices rise, UK inflation could reach 15% by year-end

As fashion prices rise, UK inflation could reach 15% by year-end

​As clothing prices continue to increase in the UK (while still lagging the overall rate of inflation), a new report says that the total inflation rate could reach 15% this winter.
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UK consumer confidence remains “severely depressed” in July says GfK

UK consumer confidence remains “severely depressed” in July says GfK

Can UK consumer confidence get any worse? Not at the moment, it seems, as the long-running GfK Index took a breather this month, remaining flat with at a reading of -41. But for “flat” read still “severely depressed”.
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Frasers plans more stores, some consolidation, after record trading year

Frasers plans more stores, some consolidation, after record trading year

With Frasers Group riding high on “robust trading” after a “record-breaking year” don’t expect the business to rest on its laurels.The Flannels and Sports Direct owner wants to buy more businesses and open more stores.
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Too hot to shop: UK consumers shun stores and e-stores during heatwave

Too hot to shop: UK consumers shun stores and e-stores during heatwave

​It's no surprise that the heatwave in recent days deterred UK consumers from shopping in physical locations, but they clearly felt too hot to shop overall as they also cut back on their online purchases.
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UK consumers reined-in retail spending last month says ONS, fashion down too

UK consumers reined-in retail spending last month says ONS, fashion down too

​It had to happen at some point. Despite overall sluggish retail sales, clothing has been relatively strong this year. But the latest official UK figures showed that June was a weak month for the fashion sector.
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Tough times for Brand Architekts in 'challenging' transition period

Tough times for Brand Architekts in 'challenging' transition period

​Deep in transition mode, Brand Architekts Group has suffered an untimely dip in sales and earnings, the challenger British beauty business admitted Thursday. Group sales for the year are expected to be down 11%.
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Liberty launches beauty newspaper The Hall

Liberty launches beauty newspaper The Hall

​Content may be shifting online at an ever faster pace but London department store Liberty is going old-school and has launched a new bi-annual beauty newspaper called The Hall.
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M&S finance chief to join Primark owner, predecessor to be strategic advisor

M&S finance chief to join Primark owner, predecessor to be strategic advisor

A big appointment in the numbers department at Primark. The Associated British Foods-owned fashion and lifestyle retail giant announced Thursday it has appointed M&S CFO Eoin Tonge as its next Finance Director.
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Frasers Group has "robust" year, expects ongoing growth, despite higher costs

Frasers Group has "robust" year, expects ongoing growth, despite higher costs

​Frasers Group's latest results showed “robust trading and strong strategic progress on the Elevation Strategy”, with Flannels buoyant, House of Fraser improving and a focus on European expansion, as well as the UK.
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Shaftesbury launches 'Soho incubator' competition for new businesses

Shaftesbury launches 'Soho incubator' competition for new businesses

A free pop-up store in London’s Soho for AW22 is up for grabs in a competition being run by Shaftesbury and aimed at “budding UK brands with sustainability credentials” in fashion and beauty and other categories.
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