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Retail’s 12 gifts to the nation in a year like no other


In a miserable year, retailers once again went above and beyond not just to to make life bearable, but to enhance it.


Explore: Home and DIY retailing

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Data: John Lewis’ look at how lockdown changed shopping in 2020


The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns saw sales of alarm clocks and lunch boxes slump, while purchases of loungewear and fitness trackers jumped.



‘After its most defining year ever, retail will emerge stronger in 2021’


A retail chief executive put a question to me earlier this week during a (these days somewhat rare) face-to-face meeting: “How would you sum up this year for retail in one word?”

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Analysis: Seven consumer trends for 2021 that retailers need to know


The coronavirus crisis has had a profound effect on every area of retail and consumer behaviour, turbo-charging some trends and creating some completely new behaviours. Looking ahead to 2021, Retail Week considers some of the trends that may emerge.

Six groundbreaking ideas to revive the high street

Six groundbreaking ideas to revive the high street

As non-essential shops reopen, Retail Week looks into what can be done to breathe new life into high streets:

  • How high streets and stores can adapt to serve people’s needs throughout the day
  • Smart collaborations between retailers can help make high street shops "more energising"
  • Town centres should "create a brand around" what their USP is