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H&M continues to dispel disposable fashion image

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has had a busy 12 months, including a ramp-up of its sustainability efforts, a 'living wage'...

Olympic Games to offer UK retail sales boost

UK retailers are hoping the London 2012 Olympics will contribute to a multi-million pound boost in sales. But will sportswear retailers be t...

Petah Marian | 13 Dec 2011

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.

Richard Woodard | 11 May 2011

Many would argue that UK supermarket Sainsbury’s, compared to rivals like Tesco and Asda, was a little late in focusing on the non-food segment of its business to drive continued growth.

Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 2011

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.

Joe Ayling | 2 Sep 2010

As two of fashion's biggest brands launch e-commerce sites to serve their European consumers, one question remains; what took them so long?

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Michelle Russell | 10 Feb 2016

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.

Leonie Barrie | 15 Mar 2012

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.

Richard Woodard | 9 Nov 2011

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. | 2 Mar 2011

Sainsbury's has drafted in TV fashion stylist Gok Wan to create a number of women’s wear collections for the supermarket’s Tu clothing line, the first of which is due to hit the shelves this autumn.

Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 2011

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. | 18 Nov 2010

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group Ltd, owner of the Topshop, Topman, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins chains, today (18 November) said it is cautious about the year ahead amid signs that sales have slowed in the first weeks of its new financial year.

Joe Ayling | 27 Aug 2010

Value fashion retailer M&Co has confirmed to just-style the appointment of Sim Scavazza as its buying director from October. | 17 Jun 2010

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. | 17 Jul 2009

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. | 9 Jun 2009

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. | 23 Oct 2008

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. | 3 Jun 2008

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. | 20 May 2008

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. | 17 Mar 2008

More British consumers than ever before are shopping at supermarkets for non-food items such as clothing, according to new research. | 29 Feb 2008

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. | 24 Jan 2008

Consumer research group Which? has placed JD Sports and JJB Sports at the bottom end of its customer satisfaction survey of UK retailers. | 11 Jan 2008

Department store chain John Lewis has been voted the UK’s favourite retailer in a poll of over 6,000 shoppers. | 5 Dec 2007

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. | 29 Nov 2007

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). | 7 Nov 2007

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. | 26 Oct 2007

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). | 10 Aug 2007

The UK women's wear market is entering a new cycle with major opportunities for new entrants, according to a report by Verdict Research. | 14 Jun 2007

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.

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Michelle Russell | 29 Apr 2014

Department store retailer John Lewis has retained the number one spot as the UK's best retailer for customer satisfaction at the Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards.

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