It was a mixed week for John Lewis in the period to March 25. Total sales fell 4.1% to £81.72m, skewed by the late Easter. But Mother's Day boosted key categories and its new denim lifestyle brand had a strong start.
Menswear specialist Moss Bros had a good 12 months in the period to January 28, even though it faced one of the "most highly competitive" years it has seen. Sales growth slowed but profits and m-commerce accelerated.
Mulberry's new Asia unit launches next week after the label said last year that Asia growth would be a priority. It should ride a new wave of Chinese growth, hopefully avoiding the mistakes made by some larger peers.
Esprit has selected Dutch company Versteegh to handle its fashion jewelry license. For its watch and precious jewelry business, the brand stayed closer to home, selecting the Hong Kong-based TMS group.