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Brief return: Debenhams stores to reopen… for closing-down sale

Brief return: Debenhams stores to reopen… for closing-down sale

Debenhams hasn’t disappeared from the high streets quite yet. Many of the almost-100 department stores still in existence will reopen for up to 33 days from 12 April, offering deep discounts to clear stock.
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Game-changing new Frasers store set for for Monday debut

Game-changing new Frasers store set for for Monday debut

​As shops in England return on Monday, Frasers Group will open a milestone development. It’s the first brand-new Frasers store in the UK with a debut in Wolverhampton. 
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Students to lead rush back to shops next week, fitting rooms are key - report

Students to lead rush back to shops next week, fitting rooms are key - report

​Young consumers could be among those to most enthusiastically embrace a return to physical shopping next week, despite this consumer group also being the most comfortable with shopping online. 
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March footfall bodes well for stores' comeback - Springboard

March footfall bodes well for stores' comeback - Springboard

Pent-up demand to shop in a real store is simmering nicely and provides optimism for a bounceback from 12 April’s reopening. That’s the less-than-surprising view from the Springboard Footfall Monitor, released Thursday.
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Retailers say no thanks to Covid status certificates

Retailers say no thanks to Covid status certificates

​UK retailers seem to be unenthusiastic about the British government’s idea of Covid status certificates to allow people to enter certain locations. 
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Adrenaline-seekers welcome: Bluewater adds to experiences with England’s biggest zip wire

Adrenaline-seekers welcome: Bluewater adds to experiences with England’s biggest zip wire

​The Bluewater mall in Kent is upping its ‘another reason to visit’ appeal, preparing to offer consumers a host of new outdoor attractions, including England’s “longest and fastest” zip wire.
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Joules appoints York as CFO ahead of September start

Joules appoints York as CFO ahead of September start

Joules has ended its search for a new chief financial officer, appointing Caroline York to the post. She joins the family lifestyle retailer no later than September from price comparison business Moneysupermarket Group.
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H&M Home x Diane von Furstenberg prepares to launch next week

H&M Home x Diane von Furstenberg prepares to launch next week

​The H&M Home x Diane von Furstenberg collection launches next week featuring the “bold prints that von Furstenberg is renowned for, such as zebra and leopard, a kissable lip pattern and abstract signature lettering”.
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UK Easter footfall better than predicted as weekly retail visits rise again

UK Easter footfall better than predicted as weekly retail visits rise again

Predictions of poor Easter Weekend retail footfall ahead of the reopening of non-essential retail on 12 April were wide of the mark as activity across all destinations for the latest week increased again, figures show.
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UK pandemic retail: 15k+ stores lost, 190k jobs gone - report

UK pandemic retail: 15k+ stores lost, 190k jobs gone - report

The number of UK jobs and stores lost in pandemic-hit retail continues to rise. Since non-essential stores were first forced to close a year ago, almost 190,000 jobs have gone and 15,153 stores have closed, figures show.
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England reopening date confirmed, John Lewis back on day one, Primark extends hours

England reopening date confirmed, John Lewis back on day one, Primark extends hours

The UK government has confirmed that non-essential stores, beauty and hair salons will be able to open as planned in England on April 12. And John Lewis is the first big name to share its reopening plan.
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Oxford Street renaissance: work starts on Soho Photography Quarter

Oxford Street renaissance: work starts on Soho Photography Quarter

When rows of stores just aren’t enough. Retail areas are increasingly having to incentivise consumers to visit with bolt-on experiences and attractions.
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Next is bouncing back, stays profitable despite pandemic

Next is bouncing back, stays profitable despite pandemic

​Next delivered a profits plunge and lower sales in its latest year. But given the Covid crisis during the period, its results on Thursday still showed it to be one of the more successful businesses in British fashion.
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Primark ramps up its Italian expansion

Primark ramps up its Italian expansion

It’s a case of la dolce vita for Primark. True to its word, the value clothing and lifestyle retailer is back on the international expansion trail, announcing it will dramatically increase its presence in Italy.
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H&M swings to loss, issues statement to dampen China furore

H&M swings to loss, issues statement to dampen China furore

H&M reported its Q1 results on Wednesday and swung to a loss, but it said sales are recovering in March. Yet perhaps even more newsworthy was its ongoing effort to overcome its problems in China and “regain trust” there.
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Giorgio Armani to design new Admiral superyacht

Giorgio Armani to design new Admiral superyacht

Giorgio Armani, the proud owner of several major yachts, is to design a new Admiral superyacht for a mystery client, working with the Italian Sea Group to build the motor craft, which will be 72 meters long.
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