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Data: Which retail sectors will prosper in 2022?

2022-01-13T06:00:00+00:00By Nick Hughes

Whisper it quietly, but there are signs the coronavirus clouds are starting to lift from over the retail sector. If 2021 was the year businesses began adapting to the ‘new normal’ created by the pandemic, 2022 could be the year they slip into full recovery mode.


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What’s new for 2022? Tesco, Primark and Kingfisher bosses predict the year ahead


After almost two years of upheaval sparked by the coronavirus crisis, what comes next for retail? From climate change to customer service, purpose to personalisation, bosses of some of Britain’s biggest retailers predict the trends and themes that will dominate 2022. 

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‘This Christmas may not be normal but it will still be merry, thanks to retailers’ prowess’


Asked about the outlook for Christmas, retailers always like to reply: “It will be on December 25.”



Who are retail’s next CEOs?


Retail Week speaks to a panel of industry experts to determine which executives will be in charge of the UK’s biggest retailers in the next five years.

Retail 2022: Accelerating out of crisis, transforming the future

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We interviewed 59 CEOs in-depth to provide comprehensive insight into the mood across retail boardrooms and their plans for the year.

Read Retail 2022 today to discover:

  • What the 59 CEOs expect from the golden quarter
  • The changes they are seeing in how their customers shop
  • What this means for their strategic investments