Blog: Optimism, pessimism and nudity - welcome to 2012

Petah Marian | 4 January 2012

While industry watchers wait for the US' top retailers to release their December sales tomorrow, across the pond, UK retailers began revealing their Christmas performance, with John Lewis and Next both posting positive results.

US retailers are particularly optimistic, with the NRF forecasting a 3.8% sales rise in mid-December. Despite John Lewis and Next both posting gains, analysts remain concerned about the health of the UK high street.

Shore Captial analyst Clive Black said that Next's "mellow" end of year trading shows the "ongoing challenges facing the UK consumer", and this "must have a potentially negative read across for other apparel retailers on the high street".

From across the pond, to across the Channel, La Redoute has become mired in a twitter storm today, as an image advertising children's beach wear, inadvertently included a nude man frolicking in the water behind them.

The retailer fixed the image and apologised on Twitter within around two hours of it being initally reported. Like most Twitter storms, there has been a lot of noise, but it's likely to die down quickly.

When many companies take days to rectify these viral complaints (see Topman last year), La Redoute should be applauded for moving quickly to fix the image and apologise to customers who might have been offended.


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