The great reopening 
Shoppers get their retail fix on Oxford Street in London on 12 April
In Depth

The great reopening 

Spirits are high as consumers are unleashed, but recovery depends on other factors too
16 Apr 2021
Charity shops enjoy bumper sales but donors warned to ‘think before giving’
British Heart Foundation charity shop
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Charity shops enjoy bumper sales but donors warned to ‘think before giving’

EasyJet to ‘ramp up’ summer flights, 1,200 Asda bakery jobs at risk, and other breaking business news
15 Apr 2021
UK’s economy grew by 0.4% in February as EU exports rebound
The UK’s construction sector grew by 1.6% in February 2021
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UK’s economy grew by 0.4% in February as EU exports rebound

London home buyers pay ‘park premium’, details leaked of Google Pixel Watch, and other breaking business news
13 Apr 2021
50.3m shoppers to go on £4.54bn spending splurge
Shoppers queue outside a Nike store in central London on 12 April
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50.3m shoppers to go on £4.54bn spending splurge

Homebase products on sale at Next, beers on tap at new BrewDog hotel, and other breaking business news
12 Apr 2021
Twitter ‘held talks’ for $4bn takeover of Clubhouse
Clubhouse app
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Twitter ‘held talks’ for $4bn takeover of Clubhouse

Volvo goes from boring to Scandi-chic, workers rethink career goals, and other breaking business news
8 Apr 2021
VW’s ‘Voltswagen’ rebrand ‘was early April Fool’s joke’
Volkswagen logo
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VW’s ‘Voltswagen’ rebrand ‘was early April Fool’s joke’

Deliveroo shares slump on debut, shoppers return to supermarkets, and other breaking business news
31 Mar 2021
Mary Portas and Charlotte Tilbury back ‘Shop Out to Help Out’ campaign
Oxford Street London shopping
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Mary Portas and Charlotte Tilbury back ‘Shop Out to Help Out’ campaign

Brits repay £1.2bn during ‘frugal February’, Nike sues over ‘Satan shoes’, and other breaking business news
30 Mar 2021

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Shoppers look to make Easter a celebration to remember
Easter tree (MightCollection/Etsy)
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Shoppers look to make Easter a celebration to remember

Small firms hit by Brexit ‘nightmare’, tourism suffers $4.5trn loss, and other breaking business news
29 Mar 2021
H&M and Nike face boycott in China over Xinjiang sanctions
Workers pick cotton in a field in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region
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H&M and Nike face boycott in China over Xinjiang sanctions

Alan Turing £50 note is unveiled, eight John Lewis stores to close, and other breaking business news
25 Mar 2021
Record music sales soothe the ‘pandemic blues’
Vinyl record sales UK
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Record music sales soothe the ‘pandemic blues’

Inflation slows to 0.4%, the worst is yet to come for retail, and other breaking business news
24 Mar 2021
Mars House - the first NFT digital home - sells for $512,000
Mars House was designed by Toronto artist Krista Kim
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Mars House - the first NFT digital home - sells for $512,000

‘Young DIY-ers’ boost B&Q sales, nightclubs face bouncer shortage, and other breaking business news
23 Mar 2021
£251bn: the economic cost of a year of Covid lockdowns
An empty Regent Street in London in March 2020
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£251bn: the economic cost of a year of Covid lockdowns

Cycling market goes ‘berserk’, pubs face ‘bleak future’, and other breaking business news
22 Mar 2021
UK’s tech success a result of ‘drive and dynamism’
Abstract cityscape of skyscrapers
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UK’s tech success a result of ‘drive and dynamism’

Trump’s net worth drops by $700m, no shouting at Disney parks, and other breaking business news
18 Mar 2021
New ONS ‘price inflation basket’ reveals pandemic shopping changes
Bottles of hand sanitiser
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New ONS ‘price inflation basket’ reveals pandemic shopping changes

Ipswich plans ‘15-minute’ future, Musk becomes ‘Technoking of Tesla’, and other breaking business news
16 Mar 2021
British Airways to launch Covid vaccine passport on its app
British Airways
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British Airways to launch Covid vaccine passport on its app

Avatar regains box office record, £3bn ‘bus revolution’, and other breaking business news
15 Mar 2021
Lego builds digital strategy after record sales
Lego
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Lego builds digital strategy after record sales

Rail upgrades to derail Easter travel, Buffett joins $100bn club, and other breaking business news
11 Mar 2021
Leaks suggest 23 March date for next Apple event
Apple CEO Tim Cook
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Leaks suggest 23 March date for next Apple event

ITV shares fall after Morgan’s exit, PM plans transport revolution, and other breaking business news
10 Mar 2021
‘Great British summer’ ahead for hospitality?
Outside dining
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‘Great British summer’ ahead for hospitality?

Yacht quarantine tourism in Thailand, a tasty profit for Domino’s, and other breaking business news
9 Mar 2021
Ikea and Aldi plug into gaming and esports market in lockdown boom
The 2018 TwitchCon esports event in California
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Ikea and Aldi plug into gaming and esports market in lockdown boom

Lidl also looking to get a cut of the action amid record spending by world’s 2.5 billion gamers
4 Mar 2021
Fire sale: what next for British retail’s collapsed brands? 
Debenhams
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Fire sale: what next for British retail’s collapsed brands? 

Boohoo snaps up Debenhams as Asos confirms talks to buy Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge
25 Jan 2021
Debenhams ‘fire sale’ sparks online shopping frenzy
Debenhams
In Brief

Debenhams ‘fire sale’ sparks online shopping frenzy

Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters stuck in virtual queue on collapsing chain’s website
2 Dec 2020
Why everyone’s talking about Arcadia and Philip Green
Topshop, Topman, Burton and Dorothy Perkins are brands owned by Philip Green’s Arcadia retail empire
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Why everyone’s talking about Arcadia and Philip Green

Collapse of retail giant puts 13,000 jobs at risk and hits Debenhams rescue hopes
1 Dec 2020
Black Friday deals: are they really a bargain?
Black Friday shopping
In Brief

Black Friday deals: are they really a bargain?

Analysis by Which? shows that nearly nine in ten product prices were the same or cheaper earlier in year
24 Nov 2020
‘No need to panic buy’: supermarkets call for calm
Empty shelves at a Manchester supermarket in March
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‘No need to panic buy’: supermarkets call for calm

Retailers speak out as customers strip shelves amid second lockdown fears
24 Sep 2020
Luxury giants at war: Tiffany sues LVMH over $16bn deal
A Tiffany & Co shop in Paris, France
In Brief

Luxury giants at war: Tiffany sues LVMH over $16bn deal

US jeweller files lawsuit in bid to force the French firm to complete axed merger
10 Sep 2020
Electric bike and scooter sales up 230% at Halfords
Bikes and cycling equipment at Halfords
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Electric bike and scooter sales up 230% at Halfords

Retailer reports 59.1% rise in cycling revenues but predicts tough times ahead
9 Sep 2020
Debate on the high street: are UK city centres dead?
Customers leave the Primark store on Oxford Street, London, in June 2020
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Debate on the high street: are UK city centres dead?

Primark forecasting sales of £2bn for the year but industry body says many retail firms are ‘hanging on by thread’
8 Sep 2020
‘Rise of the kidult’: Lego builds profit as all ages play
Lego figures
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‘Rise of the kidult’: Lego builds profit as all ages play

Danish toy company benefits from families spending more time together during lockdown
3 Sep 2020
Shops start stocking the Christmas shelves
Christmas mince pies
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Shops start stocking the Christmas shelves

Brits are already planning ahead for the festive season
1 Sep 2020
Tesco creates 16,000 jobs after online delivery boom
Tesco online grocery delivery
In Brief

Tesco creates 16,000 jobs after online delivery boom

The supermarket giant has more than doubled online capacity since lockdown amid boom in demand
25 Aug 2020
Nation of online shoppers: Covid-19 sparks permanent change
Supermarket chain Waitrose sells online via the Ocado platform
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Nation of online shoppers: Covid-19 sparks permanent change

Study finds that 77% now do at least some of their grocery shop online
20 Aug 2020
Sunak to spend £2bn to help young beat Covid jobs crisis
Rishi Sunak
In Depth

Sunak to spend £2bn to help young beat Covid jobs crisis

Chancellor also expected to announce stamp duty ‘holiday’ and VAT cut in bid to boost post-lockdown economy
8 Jul 2020
What is quantitative easing?
Bank of England
In Depth

What is quantitative easing?

Bank of England expands crisis programme to £300bn amid coronavirus chaos
19 Jun 2020
How coronavirus put the weekly shop back in vogue
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How coronavirus put the weekly shop back in vogue

Tesco boss says transactions have halved as basket size doubles
29 Apr 2020