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UK sees surge in new e-tail businesses during pandemic

UK sees surge in new e-tail businesses during pandemic

It wasn’t all about lost jobs and failing businesses last year. A new study reveals 835,494 new businesses were registered in the 12 months to January 2021, with the online retail sector the main beneficiary. 
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Positive face of e-tail: eBay to spend millions on creating UK jobs

Positive face of e-tail: eBay to spend millions on creating UK jobs

E-tail took another socially positive step forward Thursday to improve its somewhat tarnished image with eBay announcing it’s planning to invest millions of pounds in creating jobs and opportunities in the UK.
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Welcome back! Shaftesbury promises London shoppers excitement post-lockdown

Welcome back! Shaftesbury promises London shoppers excitement post-lockdown

Shopper can expect an “animated, interesting and welcoming” return when retail restrictions are lifted next month. That’s the upbeat promise from London retail property giant Shaftesbury Thursday. 
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N Brown chairman to leave, successor already lined up

N Brown chairman to leave, successor already lined up

Online retail group N Brown said Thursday that its chairman Matt Davies is stepping down from his post at the end of next month in order to “spend more time on his other business activities”.
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Latest lockdowns make £1.1bn dent in Primark sales

Latest lockdowns make £1.1bn dent in Primark sales

Primark will have lost around £1.1 billion worth of sales due to lockdowns and other restrictions in the 27 weeks up to the end of this month, the value retailer said on Thursday.
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Happy April 12: retail reopening to see footfall leap - Springboard

Happy April 12: retail reopening to see footfall leap - Springboard

Prepare for the footfall surge. With the 12 April date set for the long-awaited reopening of non-essential retail in England, UK stores can expected a 47.9% week-on-week leap in footfall, according to Springboard data.
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Consumers seek physical-digital shopping mix, embrace social commerce - report

Consumers seek physical-digital shopping mix, embrace social commerce - report

Consumers have shifted to e-shopping in the past year, but when stores reopen, they'll be glad to get back to physical shopping. Yet digital habits are ingrained for consumers globally and social commerce is on the rise.
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John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

​John Lewis’s buying director of fashion is set to stand down after many years at the firm. But it seems the move isn't linked to the retailer’s general restructuring. Christine Kasoulis will leave to focus on her MBA. 
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Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Increasingly under-fire e-commerce retailers are making a stand. ASOS, Boohoo, The Hut Group, Ocado, AO World and Gymshark have launched The UK Digital Business Association (UKDBA).
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'Shoppertainment' is key trend for European e-commerce says new study

'Shoppertainment' is key trend for European e-commerce says new study

​European consumers are embracing ‘shoppertainment’, a new study of of more than 14,000 of them shows. And live-streaming commerce is a key part of this.
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Frasers announces £100m+ lockdown-linked impairment charge

Frasers announces £100m+ lockdown-linked impairment charge

​There’s speculation that there could be more store closures ahead for Frasers Group as the giant retail operation has announced a major impairment charge against its stores as a result of lockdowns.
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​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

​BRC calls for flexibility in government plan to reopen English retail by mid-April

As the UK prime minister laid out his cautious ‘one-way road to freedom’ strategy to get the English economy reopened by May, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned the plan could be too late for many businesses.
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Battersea Power Station makes key hires ahead of opening

Battersea Power Station makes key hires ahead of opening

Battersea Power Station, the major development that includes a new shopping centre on the edge of central London, has announced some key roles as the retail part of the site gears up for its opening.
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Facebook launches Shop tool in UK, Canada

Facebook launches Shop tool in UK, Canada

Facebook has unveiled new shopping features in the UK and Canada with the appearance of its ‘Shop’ bookmark that gives users the ability to browse virtual storefronts.
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Festival Place to see H&M's first UK store with new look and feel for the brand

Festival Place to see H&M's first UK store with new look and feel for the brand

​H&M will open its first new-look store in the UK at Basingstoke’s Festival Place in early summer, with the mall saying the giant shop will “offer a very different interior look and feel to other H&M stores.
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UK shoppers continue drift back to stores, even though most are closed

UK shoppers continue drift back to stores, even though most are closed

​With the government unwilling to allow non-essential shops to reopen very quickly, UK consumers are voting with their feet and continuing to drift back to physical shopping, even though most stores are closed.
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