With only 160 shopping days left, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in some stores. Some chains are trying to bring holiday spirit, and revenue, to the summer with "Christmas in July" promotions.
Recent initiatives by Bebe Stores Inc to jump start its business may not be enough for those who blame the retailer's recent sales slump on its relatively high prices and a limited focus on its core brand.
Eastern Europe's biggest market was a teeming, highly profitable emporium of contraband clothing which thrived on Moscow's outskirts for nearly two decades -- until Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suddenly shut it down.
British online retail sales growth picked up in June, but will slow in the second half of the year compared with the first, according to IMRG, the industry body for online retailers, and consultants Capgemini
John Lewis, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of UK retail spending, said its week to July 11 performance was one of its best of the year so far, even though sales at its department stores still fell.
The jeweller Damiani has opened its first own-name boutique in London at number 11 on the celebrated Old Bond Street. Number two in its country, behind Bulgari, the Italian brand is now taking a step forward in its retail strategy.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's biggest retailer, is preparing to hold a meeting to announce the development of an index that will be used to measure the environmental impact of the products it sells in its stores.