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Clothing and sports chains in activewear battle Michelle Russell | 10 Feb 16

With activewear now taking a more dominant space in UK consumers' wardrobes, clothing chains are increasingly competing with sports specialists in a bid to drive purchases.

UK: Women's wear retailers urged to rethink sourcing strategies Leonie Barrie | 15 Mar 12

Rising costs and pressure on margins will force women's wear retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year, according to new research, with British manufacturing poised to make a comeback.

UK high street review: what the experts say Petah Marian | 13 Dec 11

Retail expert Mary Portas today (13 December) set out her vision for revitalisting the UK's high streets. Here's how the industry has responded to her recommendations.

GLOBAL: Luxury players “need to improve e-commerce” Richard Woodard | 9 Nov 11

Luxury goods companies need to enhance their e-commerce offer if they are to cash in on a forecast boom in sales over the next few years, according to new research.

UK: Marks and Spencer wins retail award Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 11

UK clothing retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been voted the UK's top clothing retailer by Verdict Research’s annual poll of consumers.

In the money: Price hikes to worsen high street pain Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 11

UK clothing retailers planning to unleash price increases this year will be squeezing consumers with battling expenditure issues of their own. Joe Ayling reports from Verdict Research's retail outlook presentation this week.

UK: M&Co appoints new buying director Joe Ayling | 27 Aug 10

Value fashion retailer M&Co has confirmed to just-style the appointment of Sim Scavazza as its buying director from October.

Swannell appointment signals new era at M&S Michelle Russell | 23 Aug 10

Marks and Spencer's shares climbed 6.1 pence, or 1.8%, to GBP339 pence in London trading today (23 August) on the announcement that the retailer has appointed Robert Swannell to replace Sir Stuart Rose as chairman next year.

UK: World Cup has mixed impact on fashion sales | 17 Jun 10

The UK high street is expected to see mixed fortunes from the nation's current interest in the World Cup tournament, according to the latest research.

Spotlight on...Marc Bolland's move to M&S | 19 Nov 09

The timing of Marks and Spencer's announcement that Morrisons CEO Marc Bolland will succeed Sir Stuart Rose at the helm of the company may have raised eyebrows in the City, coming as it does the day before Morrisons unveils its third quarter results. Nevertheless, the news has been roundly welcomed as a positive step for the bastion of middle England. Katy Humphries reports

Value clothing retailers shine amid recession | 22 Sep 09

In a year that is likely to go down as one of the worst on record for the pan-European apparel industry, one sector continues to shine bright: value clothing. And one retailer that truly stands out here is Primark, a new report says. If the value players can continue to see off competitive pressures and ethical concerns, then they will continue to outperform.

UK: Luxury retail readjusting to recession – research | 17 Jul 09

Luxury retailers are being forced to readjust their business models in the midst of the global crisis, a new report has found, with the luxury retail sector likely to emerge from the recession in a radically different form.

In the money: Value clothing retailers defy downturn | 9 Jun 09

Say what you like about Primark, but the "bargain basement" or "throwaway fashion" concept is working well during a time of crisis for many retailers. Joe Ayling reports on how the downturn has given rise to a shopper more concerned with prices than labels, and why the value retail sector could shape the high street for years to come.

UK: Retailers facing battle for Christmas trade – research | 23 Oct 08

Consumers will be careful and selective in their Christmas shopping this year, making it harder for retailers to win their business, according to new research.

UK: Online retail continues to defy downturn - research | 3 Jun 08

Online spending by consumers shows no sign of succumbing to the economic downturn, with Internet shopper numbers at an all time high and online spending growing at its fastest rate for six years according to new research.

SPAIN: Clothing resilient as retail boom ends | 20 May 08

The Spanish retail boom of recent years has come to an abrupt end after the country’s rapid house price inflation has gone into reverse – but the fallout for the clothing market is likely to be less severe than other sectors according to new research.

UK: Supermarkets increasingly popular with clothes shoppers | 17 Mar 08

More British consumers than ever before are shopping at supermarkets for non-food items such as clothing, according to new research.

UK: Luxury retailers driving high street growth – research | 29 Feb 08

Luxury and premium retail operators will continue to drive growth in the UK high street during 2008, according to a new report from Verdict Research.

Will Dolcis sale kick-start the shoe sector? Joe Ayling | 14 Feb 08

The UK footwear market is showing signs of a slow-down, recently illustrated by shoe chains Dolcis and Stead & Simpson being forced into administration. Both have since been acquired by other retailers, suggesting that a more consolidated marketplace could be the way forward. Joe Ayling reports.

UK: Sportswear chains come last in Which? retail survey | 24 Jan 08

Consumer research group Which? has placed JD Sports and JJB Sports at the bottom end of its customer satisfaction survey of UK retailers.

UK: John Lewis voted the nation’s favourite retailer | 11 Jan 08

Department store chain John Lewis has been voted the UK’s favourite retailer in a poll of over 6,000 shoppers.

UK: Non-food sales help Tesco to Q3 revenue rise | 5 Dec 07

Tesco Plc, the UK’s biggest supermarket group, yesterday (4 December) shrugged off fears of an economic slowdown as it reported further growth in sales, helped by a strong performance in its non-food ranges.

UK: Sales at upmarket fashion stores are booming | 29 Nov 07

Upmarket fashion stores such as Hobbs and Reiss are set to overtake budget clothing chains as the fastest growing segment of the market in 2007 according to new research released today (29 November).

UK: Christmas shopping surge will lead to New Year hangover | 7 Nov 07

A new forecast published this week suggests British retailers have some festive cheer to look forward to, with shoppers expected to spend more than ever in the run-up to Christmas.

UK: Primark overtakes Asda as value clothing leader | 26 Oct 07

UK fashion retailer Primark is poised to overtake George at Asda as the market leader in the GBP8.5bn value clothing sector according to new research published today (26 October).

UK: Women's wear market welcomes newcomers, says research | 10 Aug 07

The UK women's wear market is entering a new cycle with major opportunities for new entrants, according to a report by Verdict Research.

UK: Fashion retailers to benefit from town centre growth | 14 Jun 07

Clothing retailers including New Look, River Island, Primark, H&M and Zara are expected to be among the main beneficiaries of new shopping centre space due to open in the UK over the next few years.

Star-struck: celebrity culture steers high street fashion | 14 May 07

High street stores are queuing up to get famous faces designing clothes for them, and the Kate Moss collection for Topshop is the latest sign that fashion chains are cashing in on celebrity. Joe Ayling looks at how retailers are turning to the rich and famous in the hope that some of the glamour will rub off on them.

Retailers must learn from key Christmas trends | 19 Jan 07

Despite gloomy predictions, UK retail sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2006 was consistently ahead of 2005. However, for many retailers growth has come at the expense of margin and, with 2007 set to be a much more challenging year, new research believes there are lessons to be learnt from the key trends that have emerged.

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