Fashion retailer New Look said underlying UK sales rose 2.8 percent in the 14 weeks to January 3 and that it planned to invest in new stores in 2009 despite an expected deterioration in market conditions.
Shoppers are set to storm Paris streets on Wednesday for the start of the winter sales, with department stores such as Printemps slashing prices by up to 80 percent to offload stock after grim Christmas trading.
Struggling UK retailer JJB Sports (JJB.L) announced a management reshuffle, promoting retail veteran David Jones to executive chairman and recruiting a former head of department store Selfridges to oversee strategy.
John Lewis, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of retail spending, said on Friday sales surged at both its department stores and upmarket grocery chain in the days before and after Christmas.
Not since at least 1970 has holiday shopping in the United States posted such dismal numbers, according to data released on Tuesday that was likely to prompt retailers to curtail their business even more in 2009.
Japan's second-largest retailer Aeon Co Ltd (8267.T) is likely to report a net loss of 10-20 billion yen ($110-$220 million) for the nine months ended in November, hurt by a writedown at its U.S. apparel unit Talbots (TLB.
Fashion retail chain USC is to axe 300 jobs, or a fifth of its staff, becoming Britain's latest victim of an economic downturn, the financial group charged with helping to save the company said Monday.
U.S. retail shares traded lower on Friday following data showing the first decline in holiday sales in at least 40 years, though a handful of stores defied the trend. The Standard & Poor's Retail Index .RLX fell 0.
Italian retail sales dipped 0.3 percent in October after rising slightly in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released on Tuesday December 24th by the national statistics agency ISTAT.They rose 0.
Russian state diamond miner Alrosa has secured a 44.2 billion rouble ($1.59 billion) loan from state-controlled bank VTB (VTBR.MM) which will allow it to redeem its short-term debt this year, VTB said on Friday.