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Retail Week, May 2, 2014

Digital edition: Retail Week John Lewis at 150 – May 2014

Read the Retail Week John Lewis special anniversary issue as a fully digital edition.

Beales sales fall in first half following store closures

Beales sales slipped in its half year as it closed loss-making stores in the period but it said sales have improved in the second half.

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Infographic: John Lewis blames warm weather on weekly sales slump

John Lewis blamed the unseasonably warm weather for its sales fall last week, as Waitrose benefitted from it, recording an increase in sales.

Sam Barton, head of user experience at Shop Direct said: “We’re not looking at what our competitors are doing but what our customers are doing. It’s a very different skillset and attitude.”

Tech & Ecomm Summit: Shop Direct's UX lab helps it focus on customers not competitors

Bringing user experience labs in-house has changed Shop Direct’s culture to focus on the customer rather than its competitors.

Marks & Spencer is launching a raft of stores in Scandinavia, debuting with a flagship store in Helsinki next month.

Marks & Spencer to launch in Scandinavia with 15 stores

Marks & Spencer is launching a raft of stores in Scandinavia and will make its Nordic debut with a flagship store in Helsinki next month.

El Corte Ingles chairman Isidoro Alvarez has died

Tributes paid to El Corte Inglés chairman Isidoro Alvarez, who has died

Tributes have been paid to El Corte Inglés chairman Isidoro Alvarez, who died at the weekend aged 79.

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