A last-minute surge in high street shopping in the week leading up to Christmas wasn't enough to rescue December trading. That’s the message from the latest BDO UK high street sales tracker that was released on Friday.
Debenhams was forced to make more markdowns than planned for Christmas and this will dent its profits. But the retail giant also hailed beauty strength and rising fashion share, despite an overall market decline.
More big-name brands are launching pop-up stores with a micro-focus on fragrance. It's the latest attempt by firms to boost brand immersion, instore customer experience and lift sales for new and bestselling products.
The Yves Saint Laurent beauty brand has taken a deep dive into interactive retail with the opening of a pop-up store at Heathrow’s Terminal two last month that aims to maximise the ‘retailtainment’ experience.
In her first results announcement since taking over as CEO, The White Company chief executive Mary Homer reported sales growth and an operating profit rise at the UK-based company, although profit was only up by 2%.
Victoria Beckham’s brand may have lost over £8m last year but the firm is upbeat and said in accounts filed this week that it “continued to perform well in all its markets, despite a difficult trading environment”.
John Lewis struggled to find sales growth in the latest week as the hugely successful retailer showed that even the biggest names aren’t immune to the cautious spending environment in the UK at present.
Miller Harris has unveiled a new concept store in London’s Canary Wharf area. It was designed by London-based Fabled Studio, an award-winning creative firm that has taken inspiration from a number of “muses”.
The tech giant has compiled a list of ‘Styles and trends', revealing that the top search was for ‘Beauty Blender', the makeup sponge applicator that has become a must-have cosmetics tool over recent years.