Grace is a reporter for Retail Week.
She covers a variety of sectors including value, sports & leisure, health & beauty and lingerie, as well as wider technology developments across retail.
She is interested in new appointments, store formats and how retailers are keeping pace with the myriad of technological developments across the industry, from their boardrooms to shop floors.
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Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley’s acquisitive streak took a turn to the even more bizarre last week.
Boots has snapped up Aldi’s marketing director Adam Zavalis as its new director of brand and communications.
Findel has posted ‘recording-breaking sales’ over the Christmas period and consequently expects its pre-tax profit ‘to be towards the upper end of current market expectations’.
This week, the team discuss the news that there were 70,000 fewer retail jobs over the golden quarter compared to the previous year, and what this trend means for the sector.
Hotel Chocolat has reported a rise in its Christmas sales driven by new stores and strong-seller Velvetiser hot chocolate.
This week, the team discuss key themes from this year’s NRF conference, from Walmart’s digital reinvention to Dick’s Sporting Goods taking a stand on gun control.
Shop Direct boss Henry Birch says the retailer’s record Christmas performance was delivered by honing the etailer’s fashion offer and sidestepping an “electricals price war”.