As the UK gets ready for a spate of trading updates, it seems that the week before Christmas saw a late shopping surge with fashion sales rising year-on-year, but it's unlikely to have rescued an otherwise weak season.
French Connection had some good news on Tuesday with an improving performance and Veryexclusive's Sarah Curran joining the board. But its turnaround is still far from certain as losses continue and sales are still down.
Moss Bros had good reason to feel pleased on Friday as the company reported higher sales in the 15 weeks to May 13. Against a backdrop of a tough clothing market it saw strong retail sales and a 14.7% e-tail rise.
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.