There has been speculation for several years that West End landlords Capco and Shaftesbury could link up and now it seems that they really are in talks about a merger that would value the joint firm at around £3.5bn.
Eyewear brand Viu has entered the UK with its first physical standalone shop, opening in London's Soho. The Swiss label has continued its tradition of creating bespoke interior design for each of its European flagships.
Major London landlord Shaftesbury saw its portfolio value rising in the year to September as it shrugged off the wider UK retail downturn due to higher rents and its strength in areas such as Covent Garden and Carnaby.
The remoulding of London's Seven Dials area is continuing with its most prominent landlord, Shaftesbury, announcing another new tenant as NYC-based lifestyle brand Away, opens its first permanent international store.