Catch up on this week’s big retail stories with analysis from Retail Week executive editor George MacDonald and news editor James Wilmore.
Waterstones’ boss said Amazon opening UK stores would cause it “significant” problems, following reports the etailer wants shops in the US.
Store design becomes art in its own right with Ai Weiwei’s Chinese mythical installations at luxury Paris department store.
Home Retail’s largest shareholder, Schroders, which owns 20% of the group, has told Sainsbury’s it will have to pay £1.4bn for Argos.
Findel has warned that its full-year profits will be lower than expected after a tough third quarter and the impact of currency movements.
Retail Week looks ahead to next week with full-year figures from Ocado and half-year updates from Conviviality and DFS all on the agenda.
Phantom shopper on bargain haunt in Mexico, shelves emptied in 99p Stores closing down Sale and Black Friday banter starts already.
Card Factory is offering its customers plastic bags without handles in order to sidestep the Government’s plastic bag 5p levy.
Thousands of high street pharmacies are under threat because of Government plans to cut NHS funding, according to the Health Minister.
Card Factory like-for-likes edged up 2.8% in the 11 months to December 31 as it heralded another year of consistent strong growth.
Retail Week looks ahead to next week with trading updates from floorings specialist Carpetright and Dixons Carphone on the agenda.
Christmas brought a continued acceleration of online migration: not perhaps an inflection point, but certainly a quickening of pace.
Halfords has posted flat retail like-for-likes in its third-quarter as sales of bikes and cycle repairs offset a dip in parts, accessories and clothing.
Tesco gets fruity on Blue Monday, former Corrie star in Ann Summers TV series and footballer Adebayor is torque of town after Harrods visit.
WHSmith is piloting a digital headphone store at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as it presses ahead with investment in “new opportunities”.
Pets at Home like-for-likes edged up 2.2% in its third quarter to December 31 as it trials a new Whiskers ’n Paws high-street fascia.
WHSmith expects profit growth to be “slightly ahead of plan” as adult colouring books boost sales at its high-street arm over Christmas.
The death of David Bowie – unexpected and too soon – had a profound impact on many of us, and highlights how perceptions can differ.
Boux Avenue is expecting overseas stores to soon outnumber its UK shops as it ramps up expansion overseas, driven by its first head of international.
Furniture and floorings specialist ScS has raised its full-year profits forecast after strong trading over the festive period and January Sales.
Next will transform the entire Plaza shopping centre on Oxford Street into a flagship store by the end of 2017, the retailer has revealed.
A Christmas card revival helped stationery retailer Paperchase post a 5.9% rise in UK like-for-likes in the five weeks to December 27.
December, traditionally the month in which retailers had a licence to print money, proved lacklustre for many, as sales and footfall data have shown.
Retail Week looks ahead to next week with trading updates from WHSmith, Pets at Home, Halfords and N Brown all on the agenda.
Value retailer B&M has reported a slide in third quarter UK like-for-likes after unseasonal weather and supply chain disruption hit sales.