‘Vaccination no shot in the arm for UK consumer confidence’ is Friday’s telling headline from GfK’s economic reading for January that reflects a less optimistic view from a population stuck in winter lockdown.
The company seen as the frontrunner to win the Topshop auction surprised observers late on Thursday as it emerged Next had pulled out of bidding for the most valuable name in the Arcadia basket of brands.
Selfridges weathered the 2020 storm, despite enduring the toughest retail year in decades. That’s according to company chief Anne Pitcher who admitted that it was the “most difficult” period in its 113 years.
Richemont’s third quarter — the all-important three months to the end of December — saw sales rising only 1%, although currency-neutral, they were up a healthier 5%, despite the “continuously volatile environment”.
Burberry saw another round of retail sales falls in Q3, with Europe and the Americas still being hit hard. But it said China, Korea, leathergoods, outerwear and full-price sales all headed in the right direction.
In 2020, in the midst of a health crisis, beauty and wellness brand Rituals will have inaugurated a 1,500 square metre flagship store and around 40 other stores. This strategy has enabled it to maintain modest growth.