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Westfield owner takes Boots to court over rent non-payment

Westfield owner takes Boots to court over rent non-payment

The owner of Westfield Stratford City has taken high street chemist Boots to court after the company refused to pay rent at some of its locations.
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Unilever clears first hurdle in planned unification move

Unilever clears first hurdle in planned unification move

​Unilever NV shareholders have approved plans to end the Anglo-Dutch company's dual-headed corporate structure and form a London-based entity, which it says will make dealmaking simpler.
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Prestige fragrance recovers fastest in UK beauty says NPD

Prestige fragrance recovers fastest in UK beauty says NPD

​While skincare and make-up seem to regularly swap places as the most in-demand UK beauty category generally, it appears that for the prestige market, fragrance is leading the post-pandemic recovery.
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Hugo Boss comms chief exits, promotes Westermann

Hugo Boss comms chief exits, promotes Westermann

​Hugo Boss has announced the imminent departure of its long-standing Head of Corporate Communications, Dr Hjördis Kettenbach. She’ll be replaced by internal candidate Carolin Westermann.
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UK footfall stays weak, Central London still down more than half

UK footfall stays weak, Central London still down more than half

​Visitor traffic to retail destinations rose in the latest week, up 2.4% compared to the week before. But that wasn't the good news it might have been as the previous week had seen a footfall drop of 6.3%. 
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Asda sale imminent, two groups place bids around £6.5bn - report

Asda sale imminent, two groups place bids around £6.5bn - report

​The sale of UK supermarket chain Asda, which is also one of the UK’s biggest fashion sellers via its George label, could happen as soon as the end of this week.
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UK retail in shock as government to end tax-free shopping for non-EU tourists

UK retail in shock as government to end tax-free shopping for non-EU tourists

The UK government is being urged to reconsider its decision to almost completely opt out of tax-free shopping at the end of the year with retailers and the bodies that represent them saying it would be a catastrophe.
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Avon unveils new brand positioning

Avon unveils new brand positioning

The cosmetics brand has introduced a new strapline and brand positioning in a new campaign that invites people to reconsider their views of the company.
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'Local' London destinations almost back to full health but West End slumbers

'Local' London destinations almost back to full health but West End slumbers

​Footfall to London’s West End remain down by around half year-on-year even though visitor traffic to more ‘local’ London retail destinations is on its way to a full recovery.
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Regent Street landlord Crown Estate hangs on to cash to survive the pandemic

Regent Street landlord Crown Estate hangs on to cash to survive the pandemic

​The Crown Estate, like other major landlords, is aiming to conserve as much cash as it possibly can and has delayed the payment of its annual income to the Treasury in the face of a shortfall in rent payments.
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WFH drives UK skincare usage higher, dents make-up sales - report

WFH drives UK skincare usage higher, dents make-up sales - report

​Heightened hygiene and increased time at home are boosting the UK skincare sector with new research from Mintel showing that women's interest in facial skincare routines has risen this year.
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Harrods opens first standalone H Beauty store in Lakeside, Essex

Harrods opens first standalone H Beauty store in Lakeside, Essex

​It’s been a long time coming since the announcement last year, but Harrods has finally opened its first standalone beauty store, H Beauty, at Lakeside in Essex. A second store will open in Milton Keynes in 2021. 
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Westfield owner boosts finances, says sales and footfall improve

Westfield owner boosts finances, says sales and footfall improve

The French shopping centres giant has updated on footfall, sales and rent collections, as well as announcing a plan to “strengthen its balance sheet and increase financial flexibility to execute its long-term strategy”.
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Next is strong despite lockdown sales falls, online and beauty power ahead

Next is strong despite lockdown sales falls, online and beauty power ahead

​Next delivered a well-received set of half-year results on Thursday and as well as demonstrating its relative strength during the pandemic, they highlighted some very encouraging current trading. 
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The Hut Group makes stellar stock market debut

The Hut Group makes stellar stock market debut

The British company behind Lookfantastic and Glossybox on Wednesday raised £1.88 billion in its initial public offering after selling 376 million shares at 500p each.
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Global-e gets key new exec from Boden, links with Never Fully Dressed

Global-e gets key new exec from Boden, links with Never Fully Dressed

​Cross-border e-commerce specialist Global-e has named a former Boden exec as its VP of Business Development and has also signed up Never Fully Dressed to its platform.
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