Hugh is a senior reporter at Retail Week.
He currently covers all things retail property, policy, fashion under £250m market cap and the non-big four grocers. He has also written about department stores, direct to consumer brands and emerging retail technologies.
He joined Retail Week in January 2019, from Fundraising Magazine where he was previously senior reporter. He also worked at the BBC with Top Gear Magazine and began his career as travel feature writer and then acting editor of TNT Magazine in his native Australia in 2012.
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Pureplay cosmetics brand Feelunique has reported strong sales growth across its direct retail and marketplace channels over the Christmas period.
Waterstones boss James Daunt has warned that without either an extension to the business rates holiday or other reforms before April, he could be forced to close stores.
Deliveroo’s valuation has shot up to more than $7bn (£5.11bn) ahead of a long-awaited float, following another successful fundraising round over the weekend.
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Fashion giant Next has emerged as the leader in the race to salvage Topshop from the administration of the Arcadia brands.
The chief executives of the UK’s largest grocers have warned the government of “significant disruption to food supplies” to Northern Ireland after March 31 unless there is a closer agreement with the EU.
Morrisons has said it will pay all of its staff at least £10 an hour becoming the first grocer in the UK to make that commitment.
Family-owned supermarket Booths reported strong sales over the Christmas period driven by sales of turkey crowns and alcohol.
Home and DIY giant Kingfisher has said it expects full-year profits to be at the top end of its £667m to £742m estimate, following continued strong trading in its fourth quarter.
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions on the retail sector have been laid bare, with customer spending across the year down to record lows.
All of the big four grocers have now commited to banning customers who refuse to wear face masks in their stores without medical exemptions.
Marks & Spencer today warned that its EU businesses would be “significantly impacted” by new red tape and tariffs under the Brexit deal, while supermarkets in Northern Ireland are struggling with shortages.
Department store chain Debenhams has been forced to close its digital Irish business to avoid tariffs now required under the Brexit deal.