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Retail sales grew \'strongly\' in August and are expected to increase sharply in September, as retailer optimism reaches highest level since 2002.

Retailer optimism at highest level since 2002 as August sales rise

Retail sales grew “strongly” in August and are expected to increase sharply in September, as retailer optimism reaches its highest level since 2002.

Lush co-founder Liz Bennett has retired from the ethical beauty retailer after 20 years at the business.

Lush co-founder Liz Bennett retires after 20 years at the beauty retailer

Lush co-founder Liz Bennett has retired from the ethical beauty retailer after 20 years at the business.

Jones Bootmaker and The Body Shop have both signed for space at the Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln.

Jones Bootmaker and The Body Shop sign up to Lincoln's Waterside centre

Jones Bootmaker and The Body Shop have both signed for space at the Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln.

With the news that John Lewis is preparing to trial opticians stores, what competition is it going to come up against?

Need to know: The opticians market as John Lewis plans to enter

With news that John Lewis is preparing to enter the opticians market by trialling two stores, what competition will it face?

Savers has posted a jump in sales and profits as it plans to open more stores, taking advantage of consumer appetite for discount retailers.

Sales and profits jump at Superdrug's sister firm Savers

Savers has posted a jump in sales and profits as it plans to open more stores, taking advantage of consumer appetite for discount retailers.

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In the news: M&S marketing director Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne profiled

Marks & Spencer executive director of marketing and international Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne hopes to cook up a storm with a new food TV ad campaign, which is designed to be its most exciting in the 10 years since its famous ‘Not Just Any…’ series.

Like for like sales decreased 0.3% as retailers failed to emulate a strong year ago period, according to BRC/KPMG

Analysis: A sector-by-sector breakdown of the July retail sales monitor

Like-for-like sales in July decreased 0.3% as retailers failed to emulate the period last year, which was boosted by the royal baby and British sporting wins.

With anywhere between 25% and 60% of traffic coming through a mobile device, Superdrug, LK Bennett and B&Q, to name but a few, will be losing sales every day because they don’t have  mobile-optimised sites.

Comment: Sales knowledge is vital to ecommerce success

Retailers must leverage knowledge of their customers’ needs to optimise their ecommerce offers if they want to succeed in online retail.

Hema, Victoria Shopping Centre, London, U.K. Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Photographer: Jason Alden

Comment: Will Hema's Dutch courage pay off as it opens its first UK store?

The arrival of Dutch variety store Hema in the UK will not only brighten up the high street, its eclectic offer will also prove popular with shoppers.

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