Debenhams ‘fire sale’ sparks online shopping frenzy
Debenhams
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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
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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
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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

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‘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
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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
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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
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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
Timpson warns some retail chains won't survive lockdown
High street shopping
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Timpson warns some retail chains won't survive lockdown

Key-cutting boss says the high street will be ‘somewhat different’ after coronavirus
28 Apr 2020
How Primark went from £650m sales to nothing in one month
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How Primark went from £650m sales to nothing in one month

Owner says clothing chain has been ‘squarely in the path of pandemic’
22 Apr 2020
Pubs ‘may be closed until Christmas’ due to lockdown
Craft Beer
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Pubs ‘may be closed until Christmas’ due to lockdown

Michael Gove say bars will be among last businesses to emerge from restrictions
20 Apr 2020
Debenhams files for administration due to lockdown woes
Debenhams
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Debenhams files for administration due to lockdown woes

Struggling retailer with 22,000 staff also went into administration last year
7 Apr 2020
Coronavirus lockdown hits young, low-paid, and women worst
The electronic billboard displays an advert thanking Britain's emergency services for their dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic, in an empty in Piccadilly Circu in London on April 2, 2020
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Coronavirus lockdown hits young, low-paid, and women worst

A new study has revealed that the industries most affected by the economic shutdown employ some of the most vulnerable members of society
6 Apr 2020
Carluccio’s and BrightHouse collapse as coronavirus bites
Antonio Carluccio
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Carluccio’s and BrightHouse collapse as coronavirus bites

Outbreak the ‘final nail in the coffin’ for both brands
31 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: which UK businesses will close their doors?
McDonalds
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Coronavirus: which UK businesses will close their doors?

Prime Minister announces that shops selling non-essential goods will have to be shut
24 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Supermarkets ‘want police support’
panic buying
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Coronavirus: Supermarkets ‘want police support’

Fights break out in UK stores following rumours of heightened shopping restrictions
20 Mar 2020
What are renters’ rights under new coronavirus law?
London houses
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What are renters’ rights under new coronavirus law?

Emergency legislation to protect tenants during pandemic
19 Mar 2020
Will Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus package rescue the economy?
Rishi Sunak
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Will Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus package rescue the economy?

Chancellor pledged to do ‘whatever it takes’ to protect jobs and incomes - so has he gone far enough?
18 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: supermarkets start rationing amid panic buying
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Coronavirus: supermarkets start rationing amid panic buying

Stockpiling has led to empty shelves at some UK supermarkets - but shortages may be short-lived
9 Mar 2020
Tesco blames falling bread demand for 1,800 job cuts
Tesco
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Tesco blames falling bread demand for 1,800 job cuts

Supermarket chain's announcement comes after rivals trimmed workforces
26 Feb 2020
Tesco to sell plasters in diverse skin tones
Tesco
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Tesco to sell plasters in diverse skin tones

Move to diversify plaster offering follows viral tweet last year
25 Feb 2020
Ikea to shut first big UK store risking 350 jobs
Ikea
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Ikea to shut first big UK store risking 350 jobs

Swedish giant says Coventry outlet has made consistent losses
5 Feb 2020
Retail sector suffers worst year in quarter of a century
High Street - WD
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Retail sector suffers worst year in quarter of a century

British Retail Consortium says last year marked first annual sales decline since 1995
10 Jan 2020
Ikea to pay $46m after child killed by falling drawers
Ikea
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Ikea to pay $46m after child killed by falling drawers

Settlement is believed to be largest ever of its kind
8 Jan 2020
Meat sales plunge as veganism continues to rise in UK
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Meat sales plunge as veganism continues to rise in UK

Some 3.6m fewer animals were eaten in first half of 2019
2 Jan 2020
Tesco facing Christmas card forced labour claims
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Tesco facing Christmas card forced labour claims

Six-year old’s discovery of a note from prisoners in a Chinese gulag puts spotlight on retailer’s relationship with suppliers
23 Dec 2019
One in 20 Black Friday deals are genuine
Black Friday
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One in 20 Black Friday deals are genuine

Consumer group Which? says the shopping event is ‘all hype’
27 Nov 2019
High street sales recover ahead of Christmas
Consumers on Nottingham high street
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High street sales recover ahead of Christmas

CBI data reports an end to six months of falling sales
26 Nov 2019
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