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SCRUBD expands into the global travel market

The SCRUBD men’s skincare company is to expand into the duty-free and travel retail sector. The luxury brand currently trades in nine markets worldwide including the US. SCRUBD has hired retail property consultancy Harper Dennis Hobbs to assist with the expansion to enable it to attract new travel and duty-free audiences. The...

About 3 weeks ago

Majestic accelerates store expansion programme

Wine retailer Majestic has opened a new store in Beaconsfield as part of its UK expansion plans. The move means the retailer now has over 200 stores across the country with 88% of the adult population now living within 10 miles of a Majestic. The new Beaconsfield store is a slightly larger...

About 3 weeks ago

Santander to close over 100 branches

Santander has announced plans to close 111 branches across the country due to the shift to mobile and online banking. The bank said it had taken the decision because fewer customers were choosing to bank in branch. About 840 staff will be affected by the closures, although Santander promised to try to...

About 4 weeks ago

Business rates appeals denied

The Treasury has been criticised for saying it will legislate to "rule out" Covid-related business rates appeals. Experts said the legal change on appeals would be a "catastrophic blow" for many firms hit by the property tax. Retail, hospitality and leisure have benefitted from a rates "holiday", which was announced at the...

About 4 weeks ago

McColl’s posts strong full year sales growth

Convenience retailer McColl’s has seen its full year revenue edge up 3.2% to £1.26 billion after it benefited from strong demand generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the 53 weeks to 29 November, like-for-like sales climbed by 12% driven by a strong performance in the alcohol, fresh food and tobacco categories. The...

About 4 weeks ago

John Lewis to close a further eight stores

The John Lewis department store has confirmed that eight of its shops will not reopen when lockdown restrictions end next month. The news follows a previous announcement of eight store closures last year. The stores identified for shuttering in this latest round include four ‘At Home’ shops in Ashford, Basingstoke, Chester and...

About 4 weeks ago

M&S rescues Jaeger from administration

Marks & Spencer has bought upmarket fashion brand Jaeger out of administration, saving it from collapse. However, M&S is expected to only buy Jaeger’s intellectual property, allowing it to sell Jaeger-branded goods on its website as a third-party brand. The deal means no store staff from Jaeger are expected to keep their...

About 1 month ago

Deliveroo to raise £1bn in London stock market float

Takeaway company Deliveroo has confirmed its intention to float, saying that it will sell £1bn ($1.4bn) in new shares in its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange. The company said that any additional details of the offering would be disclosed in its forthcoming prospectus. Despite that, some details of...

About 1 month ago

Royal Mail to trial Sunday parcel deliveries

Royal Mail is to trial Sunday parcel deliveries for major retailers amid an online shopping boom. Internet sales were already on the up before the coronavirus crisis, but the pandemic caused huge growth in 2020. Royal Mail said the trial would open the door to parcel deliveries seven days a week. The postal...

About 1 month ago

Figures show that over 17,500 chain stores closed in 2020

New figures have shown that over 17,500 chain stores disappeared from the UK’s retail locations in 2020. According to research compiled for PwC by the Local Data Company, an average of 48 stores closed every day. The figures reveal that high streets were the worst hit with 4,690 closures in the...

About 1 month ago

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