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10:10am Angling Direct sales surge 31.5%

Specialist fishing equipment retailer Angling Direct has recorded strong sales growth despite the challenging trading environment.

The retailer grew group sales by 31.5% to £14.6m for the quarter ending 30 November, which it attributes to a strong retail offering and growing brand loyalty.

In-store like-for-likes grew 7.2% to £4.96m and ecommerce sales increased 24.3% to £6.71m, while Black Friday transactions increased 42.5% year-on-year.

H&M records fourth-quarter sales increase

The Swedish fashion group posted a 12% rise in sales excluding VAT year-on-year to 56.4bn SEK (£5bn) in the three months to November 30.

The retail group, which is in the midst of a turnaround plan and posted a 20% fall in pre-tax profits to 40.1bn (£350m) in its previous financial quarter to the end of September, will post its full-year results on January 31.

Ikea new Greenwich store to offer flexible working space

The Swedish retailer’s latest city-centre store, which is set to open on February 7 at the Millennium Way Retail Park, will have dedicated areas for flexible working, in-store workshops and free green spaces alongside its traditional in-store offerings.

The store in incorporating a variety of technologies including solar panels, rainwater harvesting, renewable construction materials and a geothermal heating system in its bid to be 100% sustainable.

Ikea’s Greenwich store follows city centre openings in Wembley, Tottenham, Croydon and Lakeside alongside its new, smaller Planning Studio format, which will open its second location in Bromley early next year.